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Unplanned Exit From Parking Garage At Second Floor Level

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See if you have the same question I do after reading this amazing story:

Woman’s car plunges 40 feet

BILOXI – A Vancleave woman is thankful to be alive after plunging from the second story of a parking garage in her car. It happened at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi.

“The impact spun her vehicle around and she backed through the wall and flipped over and landed about 40 feet down,” said Sgt. Jackie Rhodes with the Biloxi Police Department.

Johnson’s jeep plunged backwards, falling two stories to the ground.

So, how did this happen? Casino officials say Johnson lost control of her car when she hit the gas instead of the brakes.

Unbelievably, Johnson walked away with just a few minor scratches. Police say her airbags helped save her life. Also, Johnson was wearing her seatbelt.

My question is why didn’t the wall of the garage prevent the jeep from exiting the building? Isn’t it reasonable to assume that sooner or later a car is going to hit the wall? If the wall is only designed to keep the rain out of the garage I do not believe it was properly designed or constructed as part of a parking garage.