Driver says he survived crash into Grand Canyon

April 27, 2011 1:32:57 PM PDT
Officials say a man who survived after apparently driving his car off the South Rim of the Grand Canyon was stopped by a tree just feet before another long drop-off. The driver was treated at Flagstaff Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge on Wednesday declined to release the 21-year-old's identity or hometown until park rangers have finished their investigation.

Park rangers located the man's car some 200 feet below the rim, lodged against a tree. There was another precipice about 10 feet beyond the tree.

A park visitor reported finding the injured man in the roadway at about 7:45 p.m. Monday. The man told the visitor he had accidently driven his vehicle over the South Rim.