German premium car maker Mercedes has released pics and details of a 2010 Mercedes Benz S400 HYBRID Sedan, which rolled 400 feet down a mountain but still kept its driver cocooned inside its cabin. This incident happened on the outskirts of Yosemite National Park in August.
The driver has told that an oncoming SUV forced him off the cliff and the car fell almost 400 feet to the bottom.
The driver has said that his car came to a halt some 50 feet above a creek. He said,“I don’t know what my thinking process was, but I decided to get out and start walking downhill,” he said. “So I opened the door and hopped out, dropping seven feet down to a dry creek bed and then tumbling another 40 feet or so.”
“Somewhere down the hill, after I was done clipping off treetops, I came to with the car lodged between two trees. The first thing I recall was an mbrace operator asking me if I was ok. I didn’t answer, but then I heard her on the line to CHP and telling them there’d been an accident and she could hear someone breathing.”
“You know, it was such a horseshoe turn that I don’t think the other driver knew what happened. Though they were definitely over the double line, I’m not mad at them. I was a big city cop for 15 years—stabbed twice, shot four times—and people say I have nine lives. I still have plenty left,” he added.
While it is saddening to see the mighty S in such a shamble, we are happy that the car, which was once called as the “safest car on the road“, played its role really well in protecting its driver.