SUV Plunges Off Bridge, Lands Upright; Women OK
Vehicle just missed landing in river in Hackensack
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2015 10:10 AM CST
A SUV that catapulted off an Interstate 80 bridge overhead lies in a heap along the banks of the Hackensack River, Friday in New Jersey.   (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Marko Georgiev)
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(Newser) – There's surviving a car accident, and then there's this: Two women are going to be fine after their SUV plunged off a New Jersey bridge and landed upright 60 feet below, reports NJ.com. Authorities say the 23-year-old driver, Elizabeth Wolthoff, swerved to avoid another vehicle on the Route 80 Hackensack River bridge, then drove into a snow bank that essentially acted as a ramp and catapulted her Toyota Rav4 off the edge. It landed wheels down about 40 feet from the river, reports the Record of Bergen.

"They were completely coherent," says a fire official who responded to the accident. "They just kept asking how long it was going to be to get them out." Wolthoff and passenger Rebecca Winslow, 25, had to be cut from the vehicle, but police say both escaped serious injury. Wolthoff's mother says her daughter will remain in the hospital for back surgery. "They were really lucky," she says. "I was blessed today."