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Woman Mistakenly Drives Car Off 30-Foot Embankment

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A car drove off a 30-foot embankment Monday afternoon, said police, and the driver was lucky to be alive after the crash.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., members of the Greenburgh Police and Fairview Fire departments responded to a 911 call at Lincoln Place where a woman had mistakenly driven her car off of a tall ledge near her home.

The driver, a woman in her early 30s, was backing out of her driveway when she hit her neighbor's fence, said Greenburgh Police Sergeant Anthony McVeigh. The driver may have panicked while attempting to straighten out the car, and allegedly put the car accidentally in drive before hitting another fence and driving off the cliff. The car began plummeting headfirst before turning mid-air to land on the roof. McVeigh said that it was a "Christmas miracle" that the woman was not badly injured.

"The only reason why I think she wasn't severely hurt or killed was that the vehicle was hung up on a metal fence," he said. "That kind of slowed it down. And she went down, and landed on the roof of the car. It's a miracle."

McVeigh reported that the driver had crawled out of the vehicle before the Greenburgh Police Department's Technical Rescue Team arrived. Paramedics and EMTs treated her on the scene, and she was transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

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