Man Drives Off Cliff and Survives 300-Foot Drop

Colin Fredericson
By Colin Fredericson
January 30, 2018US News
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Man Drives Off Cliff and Survives 300-Foot Drop
Malibu, CA., where a man drove off a 300-foot cliff and survived on Jan. 26. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

A man in Malibu, California survived driving a car off a 300-foot cliff.

Another vehicle hit 29-year-old Zane Vargas and sent him down a cliff on Jan. 26 at around 6:30 p.m. Vargas was driving to work and didn’t see the vehicle coming at him. Although he survived, the impact at the bottom caused the doors to his Cadillac sedan to jam.

“It was just airborne all the way down and I just landed boom,” Vargas told CBS Los Angeles.

Vargas hit his head on the steering wheel, broke his forearm, and dislocated his shoulder in the accident.

According to NBC Los Angeles, the other vehicle was a van. It lost its back wheel in the impact and flipped upside down on the highway. No one in the van was hurt.

Search and Rescue and the LA County Fire Air Ops pulled Vargas from the cliff and into a helicopter, according to CBS.

“They wedged open the door, they pulled me out slowly to make sure I wasn’t more injured than I was,” Vargas told CBS.
NBC Los Angeles reported via video that emergency workers took him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. A CBS video report indicates he was treated and released, but will need more surgery.

Emergency workers also made sure that the leaking fuel from Vargas’s vehicle was not able to ignite a brush fire.

Vargas set up a Gofundme page to help with expenses. He says he lost more than a car in the accident.

“I’m left homeless because my vehicle was me and my wife’s home as well, we would appreciate any and all donations thank you so much.”
As of Jan. 30, the page received $555 in donations towards a goal of $10,000.

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