Car hits bottom of West 117th bridge after going airborne

Car goes airborne hitting bottom of W 117 bridge
Posted at 6:17 AM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 08:35:16-04

A woman survived a crash after her car went airborne and crashed into the bottom of a bridge early Tuesday morning.

The crash happened on West 117th Street just south of Madison Avenue on the Cleveland Lakewood border around 12:50 a.m.

The driver hit the sloped end of a concrete divider that protects the bridge. The car was traveling at a speed fast enough to launch the early 2000's Chevrolet Impala into the air.

The car struck the bottom of the bridge and came to rest upside down under the bridge in the northbound lanes with the driver trapped inside the wreckage.

Cleveland firefighters worked for about 20 minutes with cutting tools to free the woman who appeared to be talking when she was taken into a Cleveland EMS ambulance.

The impact was so severe that the hood, grill and license plate were stuck in the side and bottom of the bridge some 13 feet above the roadway below.

Firefighters used a pike pole to remove the stuck debris from the bridge.

No other cars were involved in the crash.

West 117th Street was closed from Berea to Madison for about three hours while crews cleaned up the wreckage.