Man drives off parking garage, manages to walk away

AUSTIN (KXAN) —A scary situation for a driver in downtown Austin Friday afternoon after police say they drove off a parking garage.

Austin police said the incident happened just before 2:40 p.m. at the Littlefield Garage at the corner of Congress Avenue and East Sixth Street. The driver managed to drive his Toyota 4Runner off the top level of the parking garage and got it caught in the high tension wires. The driver managed to get out of the SUV without any injuries.

Several people who work in the downtown area took photos of the car dangling between the garage and another building. KXAN Viewer Andrew Miller was grabbing a bite to eat at the nearby P. Terry’s when he saw the commotion and immediately ran outside to see what was going on.

“The driver was still in the driver seat when I came outside,” says Miller.  “It looked pretty dangerous even though it wasn’t swinging.” Miller immediately took out his phone and managed to get video of the driver climbing out of the vehicle moments after it went off the garage. Miller says the whole incident reminded him of a scene from Jurassic Park.

Miller says it was also a close call for a Jimmy John’s delivery person who was on a bicycle going through the alleyway when the vehicle came over the garage.

Emergency crews were able to lower the SUV down to the ground shortly after 5 p.m provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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