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BMW plunges seven stories off parking garage, just misses another vehicle

A woman mistook the accelerator for the brake in her BMW, causing her car to break through retention wire and plunge seven stories to the pavement below in Austin, Texas. The BMW barely missing smashing a Chevy Tahoe that was driving along the all
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A woman mistook the accelerator for the brake in her BMW, causing her car to break through retention wire and plunge seven stories to the pavement below in Austin, Texas. The BMW barely missing smashing a Chevy Tahoe that was driving along the all

A woman is recovering from serious injuries suffered when the car she was driving plunged from the seventh story of an Austin, Texas, parking garage.

The dramatic scene was captured on video released Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, by Austin police. The crash, which happened because the driver apparently pressed her accelerator rather than her brake, occurred on July 13.

A story posted by television station KVEU in Austin said that “ the woman's BMW went through the retention wires on the seventh floor of the Littlefield parking garage and hit the building across the alley as it fell, rupturing a gas line.”

The BMW hit, though not directly, a Chevy Tahoe driven by William Burch, who was waiting for coworkers in the alley where the crash occurred.

“I heard all these loud noises and bangs,” Burch is quoted as saying. “So I just immediately just put it in drive and started driving forward and as I started driving forward, the car landed on me.”

The Austin Statesman reported that the BMW’s driver was taken to a nearby medical center.

Brian Blomster: 916-326-5512, @b_blomster

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