It doesn't matter the make or model - modern vehicles are technological miracles when it comes to occupant protection. Take this story out of New York City, which involved two people going for a very wild ride in a Toyota Matrix.

Carlos and Raquel Broadbelt were on the Cross Bronx Expressway overpass when they hit a patch of ice while dodging a pothole, sending them hurtling into a guardrail and over the side of the overpass. They fell 50 feet onto the road below. Despite the catastrophic accident - and the mangled Toyota - both driver and passenger walked away. The couple spent a night in the hospital just for observation.

The Broadbelts' miraculous survival has even surprised doctors, who told Dave Carlin from CBS New York they'd never seen an accident like it. Take a look below for the full news report from CBS New York.


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      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wow. Glad everyone is okay, but doesn't this shed light on bad guardrails?
        Bruce Lee
        • 10 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Last time someone in nyc drove off an overpass like this it was in the bronx as well, right next to the zoo...those people didn't survive the fall. That said, usually because of traffic everyone is going 5mph on the friggin' cross bronx so maybe that's why nobody has bothered to invest in new rails.
        skoobey
        • 10 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Exactly, Plus the Matrix is a subcompact. If a truck had struck that railing, I don't even want to think what would happen.
      Steve K
      • 10 Months Ago
      What idiots, they didn't even claim the throttle stuck and try to get some of that easy money!
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 10 Months Ago
      Hopefully the driver learned the pothole was the lesser of two evils.
      hboi18
      • 10 Months Ago
      They have been fixing that section of road since I was born in 1991....its ridiculous
      Avinash Machado
      • 10 Months Ago
      Glad that they are safe.
      muspod
      • 10 Months Ago
      whats the big deal?? they do that all the time in the movies...
      Kumar
      • 10 Months Ago
      This happened to a guy in Indianapolis last January. Unfortunately he was unlucky and the car landed upside down, killing him. You wouldn't think this could happen to people NOT driving live maniacs until you look at the sides of interstates after storms, with the snow forming ramps against the guardrails. http://indyhiphop.com/2115361/fatal-accident-on-70e-21st-shadeland-this-morning/
      lendersmith
      • 10 Months Ago
      "Oh What a Feeling"....... Glad they're OK.
      john m
      • 10 Months Ago
      The results probably would have been worse had they just hit the pothole. Glad they're ok.
      citroen_2cv
      • 10 Months Ago
      "Approved. " F.A.A
      Hedo D
      • 10 Months Ago
      It looks like a first generation Matrix. That one didn't have an electric throttle if I remember.
      AnandRS
      • 10 Months Ago
      Every one is safe that what matters
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