The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 28, 2014

Car dangling from parking ramp saved

The Mankato Free Press

---- — ROCHESTER — Fire officials and tow truck operators had to pull back a car that had ended up suspended from the seventh floor of a parking ramp in southeastern Minnesota.

Mike Bjoraker, assistant fire marshal in Rochester, tells the Post-Bulletin ( ) the woman driving said she had stepped on the brake in the Damon Parking Ramp, but the car "still surged forward." The call came in about 8:40 a.m. Friday.

The vehicle struck the five cables that surround the outside of the open-air, 10-story ramp severing two of them, before becoming wedged under a steel beam.

The assistant fire marshal says the woman was uninjured and able to get out.

He says it was a first for the firefighters on the scene.