Dramatic surveillance footage shows the moment a woman’s car plunged 70 feet off an overpass after crashing into a highway ramp through a guardrail – but miraculously survives with only minor injuries.
A video of the February crash in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been released by officials as the driver is accused of drink-driving.
The driver, who was identified as 27-year-old Kelce Brianna Gold, was arrested at the scene on charges of drink-driving. She pleaded innocent and is due to appear in court again next week.
Gold reportedly waited an hour and a half in the wreckage after calling her boyfriend for help instead of calling 911.
When the police finally arrived after being called by a passerby, she said, “I’m bad at directions.”
Authorities say she was driving from the south on I-94 and heading west toward Madison when she launched off a snowdrift on the side of the highway.
The imagery, captured on Wisconsin Department of Transportation cameras in February, shows a car going down a ramp at the Marquette Interchange and beginning to swerve, breaking the guardrails and plunging to the ground.
The car bounces off another lane and spins in mid-air before finally crashing to the ground below.
Body camera footage from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department later shows officers approaching the car with the hood and back completely smashed and the windshield glass shattered while a woman is inside.
Rereleased images from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation show a car veering off a freeway ramp in February and crashing through the guardrails
You can then watch it descend to 70 feet from the Marquette Interchange before finally landing on a lower slope
The driver, 27-year-old Kelce Brianna Gold, was conscious when officers approached her and suffered only minor injuries. She said she used her phone as GPS to navigate
One of the officers then tells the woman that medical help is coming and that they ‘only want to move you then’.
“At least I want to protect you first,” he says to Gold, who nods in response. “I can hear the sirens, so I know they’re close.”
Paramedics treated her on the spot, WISN reports, and she was arrested.
She called her friend instead of reporting the accident to 911, officials said, and waited in her worn-out car for more than an hour and a half until a passerby noticed the vehicle.
“All I saw was a car like my left and in pieces,” the passer-by told the 911 emergency center in audio released by the Milwaukee Sheriff’s Department, “and I wanted to make sure it was someone who already was catered. ‘
When the sheriff’s officers approached the vehicle, the front was completely smashed in
“I wanted to make sure there was no such thing as a human in the car.”
When officers arrived on the scene, ABC 7 Chicago reports, Gold could not answer how she got there.
“Ma’am, can you tell me where you came from,” the officer said.
She replied, “I’m really bad at directions, so I put everything in my phone and follow the directions.”
Gold now pleads not guilty to the drunk driving charges.
She is due to appear in court again next week.
The accident happened just a week after another driver jumped off another freeway ramp in Milwaukee.
In February, a pickup truck was traveling on I-94 when the driver suddenly skidded off the driveway to the east.
The truck hit a snowdrift piled up on the right shoulder of the road.
A video captured the moment a truck flew off a driveway and plunged 70 feet into a highway just a week before a 27-year-old woman made the same jump and was arrested on a drunk driving charge, to which she pleads not guilty.
The driver lost control of a pickup truck in an elevated driveway and skidded on the snow piled against the wall of the barrier before falling onto Interstate 94 in Wisconsin
Investigators tried to figure out what caused the truck to overturn and fall to the ground
The driver suddenly lost control of the wheel and went up and over the barrier wall and plunged 70 feet down to the highway below, but landed upright.
Two people assisted the driver until sheriff’s officers arrived.
Deputies from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said the driver was still conscious and breathing after the crash.
The sheriff’s office says the driver appeared to show no signs of damage.
He was taken to a hospital in the region for examination.