Man discovered trapped overnight in wrecked car on edge of ravine

Firefighters work to remove a man trapped in a car on the edge of Thornton Creek ravine.

Firefighters work to remove a man trapped in a car on the edge of a ravine.(LCL photo)

John Shearer came outside to an unusual sight in his yard on Tuesday morning. There was a wrecked car in blackberrry bushes, on the edge of the ravine, pointing downward into Thornton Creek far below. When Shearer went to investigate, he discovered a man trapped in the car, laying under the dashboard. The man had been there all night.

Firefighters arrived after Shearer called 9-1-1. They had to cut the roof and steering wheel from the car to free the 67 year-old man.

Shearer said that cars often drive down the driveway, led astray by GPS devices that seem to be unable to make sense of streets around the ravine near Hiram Place NE. News crews using GPS devices even had a difficult time finding the location as some ended up on the southwest side of the ravine.

The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition, according to Seattle Fire Department Spokesman Kyle Moore.

The Seattle P-I has photos showing firefighters rescuing the man and showing the car after the rescue in their post here.

Update: Photo added (below) from other side of ravine, courtesy of a neighbor.

Car in ravine as seen from the west side of Thornton Creek.

Car in ravine as seen from the west side of Thornton Creek.

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