Man Drives Into Grand Canyon and Survives

April 27, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

A view into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim in Arizona. Recently a 21-year-old man accidentally drove off the south rim of the Grand Canyon and emerged with non-life-threatening injuries.   (Robyn Beck/Getty Images )
A view into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim in Arizona. Recently a 21-year-old man accidentally drove off the south rim of the Grand Canyon and emerged with non-life-threatening injuries. (Robyn Beck/Getty Images )
A 21-year-old man accidentally drove off the south rim of the Grand Canyon and emerged with non-life-threatening injuries. As of now, his name is being withheld.

The man and his car fell 200 feet below Twin Overlooks on Desert View Drive, according to Reuters. A large pine tree saved him from falling to the bottom of the vast canyon.

Maureen Oltrogge, spokeswoman for the Grand Canyon National Park, spoke to Reuters by telephone. "He was an extremely lucky individual," she said.

The incident happened on Monday evening, when the man said he accidentally drove over the rim. However, his car stopped up against the tree, and he managed to scramble out, climb back up, according to the Arizona Daily Sun. He then hailed a passing driver, who contacted the rangers.

The man was treated at the scene, and then moved to Flagstaff Medical Center with minor injuries.

Park authorities stated they are working on a plan to extricate the car, and the National Park Service is investigating the incident.

Around 4.5 million people visit the Grand Canyon per year, making it one of the United States' top tourist attractions.

Of this huge tourist population, in the summer about 6,500 vehicles enter the park per day, as www.nationalparkstraveler.com states, although Oltrogge said instances of cars falling into the canyon are rare, Reuters reported.