Car tumbles into Oregon's Crater Lake

Car tumbles into Oregon's Crater Lake
Debris is visible in Crater Lake from a car that crashed over the edge and into the water. Photo courtesy KTVL

CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, Ore. (AP) — A car with a dog inside tumbled 1,100 feet into Oregon's Crater Lake, but the dog was able to jump from the vehicle with only minor injuries.

 

Crater Lake National Park officials tell the Mail Tribune newspaper in Medford that it's apparently the first time a car has landed in the lake.

A park news release says a couple from Ashland, Oregon, had stopped Saturday evening at a scenic overlook. But the emergency brake on their 1993 Volkswagen Passat apparently wasn't set, and the car rolled backward and over the rim high above the lake.

Park spokeswoman Marsha McCabe says the dog apparently jumped out the sunroof and scrambled up the steep slope to rejoin her owners, whose names were not released. The car broke up as it tumbled, scattering its engine, transmission and other parts.

Park workers are trying to figure out how to remove the car, and may have to use a helicopter to pull it from the water and pick up the parts.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/

 


 

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