Police probing bizarre crash

Woman, 20, found halfway down cliff after car goes over


Published on April 3, 2016

Updated story
One woman was taken to hospital in serious condition after a dramatic single-vehicle crash on Signal Hill Sunday morning.

The car could be seen dangling above the entrance to the harbour for much of the morning Sunday as people watched from the Fort Amherst side of the harbour

Just after 7:30 a.m. an officer with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary received information that a driver on Signal Hill near Cabot Tower was behaving suspiciously and was manoeuvering their car dangerously close to the cliff’s edge. The officer wasn’t in the area and called the information in to dispatch.

Officers arrived on the scene about 7:45 a.m. to find that the car had gone over the side of the cliff at the very top of Signal Hill. The vehicle had plunged down about 300 feet toward the entrance to the harbour before stopping on the side of the hill. Outside the car and about 20 metres away from the vehicle a 20-year-old woman who was the only occupant of the vehicle could be seen.

The St. John’s regional Fire Department (SJRFD) implemented a high-angle rescue to get the woman up to an awaiting ambulance.

“They rapidly got her packaged up and off the side of the hill and taken to the hospital. When she left for the hospital I do know she was in serious condition,” SJRFD Platoon Chief, Rick Mackey, told The Telegram Sunday afternoon.  

It’s unclear if the woman was thrown from the vehicle during the crash or if she jumped out of the car during its decent.

The section of road the woman had gone over is barred from vehicles. It is above the main parking area of Signal Hill and consists of a small lane that leads around the tower itself. It is usually only used by foot traffic. The area is gated to keep traffic out, but that gate had been broken through. The young woman was driving a Toyota Echo.

“I can’t even speculate why there was a car that drove by the side of the hill, tower side, at Cabot Tower,” said Mackey.

The vehicle landed several hundred feet down on a precarious perch. Mackey said they weren’t confident the car would not roll further and wanted to get it up out of there as soon as possible. Avalon Towing brought in two trucks and along with the help of a high-angle safety team were able to secure cables around the car and winch it up.

High winds made the job that much more difficult.

“It was blowing you back off your feet,” said Mackey.

The truck doing the pulling was on sloped ground that was solid, but a bit greasy, Mackey added. That truck was secured to the second truck for safety purposes. The car was then carried away on a flatbed truck.

The police had the road to the tower and the trail system shut down for the morning and part of afternoon.

As of Sunday night there was no update on the woman’s condition.

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Woman found halfway down cliff after vehicle goes over

One woman has been taken to hospital after a dramatic single-vehicle crash on Signal Hill Sunday morning.

The St. John’s regional Fire Department (SJRFD) got a call just before 8 a.m. that a car had gone over the cliff at Cabot Tower. Emergency crews found a woman who was the lone occupant of the vehicle about halfway down the cliff. It’s unclear if the woman was thrown from the vehicle during the crash or if she jumped out of the rolling car.

“They rapidly got her packaged up and off the side of the hill and taken to the hospital. When she left for the hospital I do know she was in serious condition,” says SJRFD Platoon Chief, Rick Mackey.

The vehicle had gone over the edge and down the side of the cliff that leads into The Narrows of St. John’s harbour. The section of road that woman had gone over is barred from vehicles. It is above the main parking area of Signal Hill and is a small lane that leads around the tower itself. It is usually only used by foot traffic.

“I can’t even speculate why there was a car that drove by the side of the hill tower side at Cabot Tower,” says Mackey, adding the woman had to somehow get by a gate that keeps the lane closed.

There has been no update yet on the woman’s condition since she was taken to hospital.

The vehicle landed about 300 feet down the cliff in a precarious perch. Mackey says they weren’t confident the car would not roll further and wanted to get it up out of there as soon as possible. Avalon Towing brought in two trucks and along with the help of a high-angle safety team werebale to secure cables around the car and winch it up.

High winds made the job that much more difficult.

“It was blowing you back off your feet,” says Mackey.

The truck doing the pulling was on sloped ground that was solid, but a bit greasy, Mackey says.

That truck was secured to the second truck for safety purposes. The car was then carried away on a flatbed truck.

The police had the road to the tower and the trail system shut down for the morning and part of afternoon.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says it will hold a news conference on the incident this afternoon.

 

 

 

 

Earlier story:

A car has been recovered from the scene of a crash at Signal Hill this morning. The RNC is holding a media availability this afternoon about the incident.

Earlier story:

A tow truck is currently on the scene of an accident atop Signal Hill whereby a car went over the edge and remains on a cliff below the tower.

There are reports that one person has been taken to hospital but these have not yet been confirmed by police. 

The road up to Signal Hill is blocked by police as is the North Head Trail.

 

Earlier story:

A car is currently hanging over a cliff on Signal Hill just below the tower.

Police can be seen on the trail below but there is currently no activity at the car itself.

There are reports that an ambulance left the area with one person but that has not been confirmed by police.