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Car Plunges Over Cliff in Plymouth

The car drove off of Strand Avenue around 5:20 p.m.



    Car Drives Off Cliff

    A man was hospitalized after his car drove off the road in Plymouth, Massachusetts and partially over a cliff on Sunday evening. (Published Sunday, July 9, 2017)

    A man is in the hospital after his car plunged off the road and over a cliff in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Sunday evening, according to local police.

    The car, whose driver and only occupant was not identified, drove off of Strand Avenue around 5:20 p.m.

    After the vehicle settled, the driver was extracted and transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth.

    Karl Abele lives across the street and slid down the cliff's edge in order to reach the driver.

    "I mean, you're dangling off a cliff," said Abele. "I was terrified. ... it [the car] started smoking so I ran back, dropped [my] baby off with my mom, and headed back down. And that's when we broke the window."

    Abele shattered the rear window with a nearby rock in order to get to the car's driver.

    Another  neighbor, Michelle O'Brien, said that "they cut off his shirt. One of the neighbors was holding his neck; she's a nurse. He wasn't unconscious."

    In total, the car plummeted approximately 20 to 30 feet down the cliff embankment before lodging in some brush.

    "Every neighbor called me and said, 'where are you?'," said Brian Fitzgerald, who owns the land where the accident occurred. "'Your front yard just got mowed over!'"

    Fitzgerald added that his wife is usually outside reading at the time of the crash.

    "[I'm] glad we weren't home, thank God," he said.

    The Plymouth Fire Department was on the scene for about two hours retrieving the car.

    Witnesses at the scene of the crash said that the man appeared to be in his fifties. They also said that, if he had been driving any faster, his car would have cleared the cliff completely and plunged the approximately 90 feet to the ground.

    This incident is currently under investigation.

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