Driver survives 60 ft. plunge

June 17, 2008 7:56:17 PM PDT
A wild crash made for quite a scene Tuesday morning in Newark, Delaware.

The highly trained High Angle Confined Space Rescue Team sprang into action after seeing an SUV about 60-feet down an embankment off of Route 1 with a woman trapped inside.

The single car crash near the entrance to the Christiana Mall brought morning traffic to a halt for nearly four hours. That's how long it took rescuers to clear the scene and to safely get the victim, 26-year-old Stacey Cecil of Townsend, Delaware, to a hospital.

Investigators don't know why Cecil's car veered into a grassy median before it went airborne and crashed down into the embankment. Making matters worse, Cecil wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time.

"It looks like she sustained a seizure. Apparently, she had a seizure in the past. But that didn't preclude her from driving. Her license is valid. She had gotten everything cleared.. not only through her doctor, but through the Department of Motor Vehicles," said Delaware State Police Corporal Andrea Boone.

Stacey Cecil is listed in serious condition.


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