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Driver loses control of car, gets wedged between buildings

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Photo courtesy News 8 viewer Jody Taylor. Photo courtesy News 8 viewer Jody Taylor.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – A motorist crashed his car out of a parking structure near Sharp Hospital Wednesday, leaving the sedan suspended over a stairwell between two buildings with him trapped inside.

The accident in the 7900 block of Frost Street occurred about 9:45 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Fire crews say the driver was leaving the parking garage on the first floor, lost control of his car, crashed through a barrier and ended up wedged in between two structures.

Emergency crews had to stabilize the vehicle before they could rescue the driver, a process that took about 40 minutes, a dispatcher said. The driver, a man reportedly in his 60s, was not seriously injured. He was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment.

"Given the fact that he jumped about 20-25 feet and didn't go down and struck the building, it's apparent it was a pretty good rate of speed to be able to do that, which was probably lucky because he could have sustained some really serious injuries," San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque said.

No other injuries were reported.

A tow truck removed the vehicle early Wednesday afternoon. An inspection revealed structural damages to the building. Appointments at the clinic were moved or canceled.

Damages were estimated at about $15,000.

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