It wasn’t this Corvette driver’s time to go, apparently.
Somehow the 70-year-old driver of this white C4 Corvette coupe managed to survive rolling 150 feet down a steep, rocky mountainside Friday afternoon near the Virgin River Gorge in Littlefield, Arizona.
Luckily for the driver, another motorist saw him run off the road and alerted authorities, who say he may have otherwise not been found until it was too late.
“If the motorist traveling behind the car had not witnessed the incident, the driver likely would have died long before being discovered,” Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Bottoms said.
As it was, rescuers had to pull out all the stops to save the man’s life, using a low-angle rope rescue system to extricate him from the site after they had worked their way to him and provided advanced life support.
Authorities believe excessive speed may have been the cause of the accident in which the northbound Corvette veered off I-15 near mile marker 17 and tumbled 150 feet down the mountainside around 4 p.m. Friday.
The Beaver Dam/Littlefield Fire Department posted on its Facebook page that the man was in critical condition when they reached him around 4 p.m. The name of the driver, who was carried to a local hospital, has not been released.
The Corvette suffered extensive damage, especially to the driver’s side, with the body panels ripped off in the crash. No word on how the car will be removed from the scene.
KSL-TV has a video report of the accident.
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