Woman drives car off ledge near DeVos Communications Center

Photo by Victoria Seaburg.
Photo by Victoria Seaburg.

A woman drove her car off a ledge and through a retaining wall on the east campus in front of the DeVos Communications Center building last Tuesday.

It was about a 21-foot drop. She was attempting to put her car into park, but accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes.

“Remarkably, she was not seriously hurt,” said Bill Corner, head of campus safety. “Maybe a laceration to the head, but that was about it.”

The car was a Saturn Vue and was completely totaled. The jaws of life cutter was used to pull the hood off the car, which fell on its side, to get the woman out. She was the only person in the vehicle.

Only minor damage was done to the landscaping around the retaining wall, which has already been cleaned up.

“She called here the next day, inquiring to where her car was towed to,” said Corner.

The lady in the car is not a student and was just visiting the campus for reasons that are not entirely clear.

There was an unusual number of firemen on the scene due to a training exercise that was happening near the scene.

“Thankfully, there was no one walking by, or on a bike, so it was a one-vehicle accident,” said Corner.

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Kellee Dragt

Kellee Dragt is a Chimes staff writer for the 2013-14 school year.

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