BMW tumbles off seven-story parking garage, almost crushes SUV below

Posted August 13, 2017

William Burch had just pulled into the bottom floor of the parking garage in Austin, Texas, when a BMW vehicle falls from the sky.

Police have released security camera footage of a BMW that fell seven stories off of a parking garage in downtown Austin, Tex., in July. APD said the lady's BMW experienced the maintenance wires on the seventh floor of the Littlefield parking structure and hit the working over the rear way as it fell, cracking a gas line.

Police said as the vehicle flung to the ground, it hit the building across the alleyway, rupturing a gas line.

The driver suffered serious injuries in the incident, but she did survive.

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Local media are reporting the incident was the second time a vehicle has broken through the barriers of the Austin auto park.

The incident happened last month, although the video has only just been released.

Additionally, an American-Statesman review of code enforcement documents showed that after the first incident summoned city inspectors to the garage to investigate, officials only looked at the portion of the garage's ninth floor where the driver went overboard, took a certified engineer's word as proof the repairs had been made and closed the case.

William Burch was driving his SUV out of a parking lot in Austin, Texas about a month ago when a BMW suddenly fell from the seventh floor onto his vehicle.

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Bowmer says the wires that serve as walls in the parking garage made her "freak out".

The garage owner reportedly said that these are the only two incidents like this to have occurred on the grounds.

Water-filled barriers have been put in place as temporary safeguards on all the floors while the property owner files an extension to redesign the whole cable system. KXAN reported the Austin Code Department issued the property a violation on September 14, 2016, citing unsafe conditions, specifically unsafe barrier cable systems.

"You know that you're about to die", O'Connor said.

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