Tree saves van from plunging from Hannibal's Lover's Leap

2 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, September 29 2015 Sep 29, 2015 Tuesday, September 29, 2015 5:13:00 AM CDT September 29, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

HANNIBAL (AP) - A lone tree likely saved the life of a van driver after the vehicle plunged over a tall cliff in Hannibal - but failed to fall to the ground several hundred feet below after slamming into the tree.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reports that the incident happened Sunday. Witnesses said the van pulled into a grassy area atop what's known as Lover's Leap, a popular tourist spot that overlooks downtown Hannibal and the Mississippi River.

Witnesses told police that the van suddenly accelerated, crashing through a fence and going over the ledge. The tree kept the van from plunging to the bottom.

The van driver is hospitalized but injury details have not been released.

 

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