Car plunges 250ft off cliff with two adults and two children surviving the fall

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The car wreck at the base of the 250ft cliff (Image: Uncredited/AP/REX/Shutterstock)
The car wreck at the base of the 250ft cliff (Image: Uncredited/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Two children and two adults miraculously escaped death after plunging 250ft off a cliff in a Tesla.

The group were driving along a dangerous stretch of road known as the Devil's Slide known for fatal car accidents.

The Tesla car fell 250ft from the road in Northern California, US, before crashing onto a rocky outcrop just a few feet from the sea below.

As it fell the car seemed to have flipped a few times before landing on it wheels.

Rescuers have said the fact none of the passengers were killed was quite extraordinary.

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“We go there all the time for cars over the cliff and they never live. This was an absolute miracle,” said Brian Pottenger, a battalion chief for Coastside Fire Protection District/Cal Fire.

Car plunges 250ft off cliff with two adults and two children surviving the fallEmergency services at the top of the cliff (Uncredited/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Crashes along Devil’s Slide, a steep, rocky and winding coastal area about 15 miles south of San Francisco that’s between Pacifica and Montara, rarely end with survivors.

On Monday, the victims were reported as being in critical condition but all four were conscious and alert when rescuers arrived.

The California Highway Patrol does not believe, based on its initial investigation, that the Tesla was operating in Autopilot or Full Self-Driving mode at the time, Officer Mark Andrews said.

Car plunges 250ft off cliff with two adults and two children surviving the fallThe adults had to be airlifted out from the wreck (Uncredited/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

The road’s conditions were also not believed to be a factor in the crash. There was no guardrail at the spot where the sedan went off the cliff.

“The car traveled off the main portion of the roadway. For what reason, we don’t know,” Andrews said.

Witnesses called 911 around 10:15 a.m. and the crews set up rope system from the highway to lower firefighters down the cliff, the battalion chief said.

Car plunges 250ft off cliff with two adults and two children surviving the fallRescue teams are seen at the scene (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

At the same time, other firefighters watching the sedan through binoculars suddenly noticed movement — a sign that at least one person was still alive.

“Every one of us was shocked when we saw movement out of the front windshield,” Pottenger said

The incident turned from what had been likely a recovery of bodies to a rescue operation that took several hours amid constant rain, heavy winds, slick roads and crashing waves.

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Car plunges 250ft off cliff with two adults and two children surviving the fallThe children were wrapped in blankets and carried up the cliff (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The damage to the car made rescue particularly difficult as the doors had been smashed against the cliff and jammed shut.

Firefighters were forced to cut the victims out of the car using the so-called “jaws of life” tools.

Crews pulled the kids out of the back window and brought them up the cliff by hand in a rescue basket using the rope system. They were rushed to the hospital by ambulance with injuries.

Car plunges 250ft off cliff with two adults and two children surviving the fallThe stretch of road where the crash happened is known as the Devil's Slide (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

“They were more scared than they were hurt,” Pottenger said.

The adults had traumatic injuries, however, and had to be hoisted up the cliff by a helicopter.

They were then both flown to the hospital, the battalion chief said.

It was not immediately clear whether the four occupants were members of the same family.

Officials are investigating what caused the Tesla to go off the highway in that spot.

“I don’t even like driving it,” Pottenger said. “It’s definitely a treacherous stretch of California.”

Charlie Jones

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