Dramatic video shows car’s 7-story plunge from Austin parking garage

Dramatic video shows car’s 7-story plunge from Austin parking garage

A screenshot of the video which shows the impact after a vehicle plunged off the side of a parking garage in July.

AUSTIN — Nearly one month after a vehicle plunged seven stories off the side of a downtown Austin parking garage, police have released video that shows the impact.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services and Austin police said the woman's BMW went off the garage near Sixth and Brazos streets around 8:30 a.m. July 13. 

Police said the women drove through the retention wires on the seventh floor of the Littlefield parking garage and the car hit the building across the alley as it fell, rupturing a gas line.

The video shows the woman's car striking a Chevrolet Tahoe that was driving in the alley. Moments later, people run to help the driver escape.

More: Driver escapes vehicle dangling from Austin parking garage

Police released video of the crash Aug. 10. EMS officials said at the time that the woman was treated at a hospital.

William Burch, the driver of the Tahoe, wasn’t hurt. He spoke to KVUE after the crash. 

“I was turning around in that little service delivery area. As I was backing out towards the dumpster, I heard something, because I had my window down,” Burch said. “I was talking to my mom on speaker on my phone, and I heard all these loud noises and bangs, and I remembered what had happened about eight months ago. So I just immediately just put it in drive and started driving forward and as I started driving forward, the car landed on me.”

On Sept. 12, another vehicle went over the side of the same parking garage but was suspended by a wire. The driver was able to get out safely.

Contributing: The Associated Press



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