A Smart car driver plunged 35ft down a lift shaft after she apparently mistook an elevator for a parking spot in an underground car park.
The 38-year-old driver – from the city of Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany – had been looking for a space when she rammed the closed door of the elevator.
Then as they burst open, she fell 10 metres down the shaft with her car landing upside down at around 10.30am on 8th October.
After she managed to free herself, the woman immediately called local firefighters for help.
A Stuttgart Fire Department spokesperson said: “The woman was able to climb out of her Smart and make an emergency call with her cell phone.”
Two firefighters abseiled down and strapped the driver to a stretcher.
After she received first aid, other firemen then pulled her up to safety.
Press and Public Relations Officer Daniel Anand said in a statement obtained by Newsflash: “After being rescued from the elevator shaft, the person was handed over to the rescue service and taken to a hospital for further treatment.”
The driver later told Bild newspaper in Germany: “I have no idea how that could have happened. Physically, I’m fine again.”
Firemen then blocked up the demolished elevator door with wood and the elevator was taken out of service.
Specialists were called to bring the crashed Smart car to the surface.
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