Man In Critical Condition After Driving Truck Off Cliff

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

A man is in critical condition tonight after a dramatic rescue. His car plummeted 200 feet off of a cliff and he not only survived, but managed to dial 911.

The Colorado State Patrol says 28–year old Chad Reiner was speeding when he drove his truck off the side of a cliff.

Troopers say it happened just after 9am near the intersection of C Road and 31 Road in Clifton.

Reiner dialed 911 as he dangled injured inside his truck on the side of the ravine.

His truck was partially submerged in the Colorado River about a half a mile from Corn Lake State Park.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team along with the Grand Junction Fire Department and the Clifton Fire Department also rushed to the scene.

Troopers say Reiner was not wearing a seat belt.

Rescue workers say it's a miracle Reiner made it out alive.

It took the Mesa County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team two hours to pull Reiner from his vehicle and bring him ashore.

The Colorado State Patrol says they are looking into whether or not alcohol or drugs may have been a factor.

Family members tell 11 News Reiner is in intensive care at St. Mary's Hospital.

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