Yes, you read the title correctly. A Ford Focus, the car that your mom didn’t want you to have due to the fear of not being safe enough just survived an 80-foot fall. Well, let us revise that… the driver survived the 80-foot fall, the car not so much. We can only imagine the slew of thoughts going through the driver’s head as his car plummeted toward what seemed to be certain demise.
The Brighton, England gas saver suffered a slight tumble over a cliff and into the sea. For such a daunting fall, the occupant only suffered minor injuries. Despite being seconds removed from the crash, the 33-year-old man was even able to swim himself to shore. Divers were deployed as a precaution to check for any others, but the man was traveling alone, says The Argus.
Perhaps the saving grace of this accident was the car avoiding the waterside promenade that lie below. Landing on a sidewalk would’ve almost certainly negated the fairytale ending to this once in a lifetime streak of luck. When the owner was safely ashore, he was then put on a stretcher and carried up a series of ladders to the top from which he descended. Recovery of the Focus showed damage on both the front and rear of the vehicle. Wether or not the accident was due to driver error is still undetermined. Also undetermined is why Ford has yet to shuffle this story into their marketing campaign for the safety of the hatchback. Thankfully everyone walked away without serious injury. Perhaps the driver should play the lottery as it seems that he is extremely lucky to be alive an uninjured.