Vehicle flips into Highland Park fountain


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UPDATE, Sept. 27: Read the latest from Kaitlynn Riely on this incident, including what witnesses saw and who jumped in to help.

A man was hospitalized in stable condition Thursday night after he flipped his Saturn into the fountain in front of the Highland Park Reservoir, perching it atop a raised platform in the middle of the fountain.

The man had struck a car several blocks away, near Bryant Street, and continued traveling toward the reservoir on North Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh police Sgt. Mike Pilyih said.

The car then crossed a sidewalk and a grassy area, went between two pillars and struck a bench on the perimeter of the fountain, Sgt. Pilyih said. It crashed through the bench, hit and careened over a low retaining wall around the pool, then hit the base of the fountain, onto which the car flipped and came to a stop on its roof.

Police are investigating whether the driver suffered a medical emergency, causing the crash. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian.

About 30 people gathered to watch as the car was taken from the fountain. Some said they had initially thought it was part of an art installation or movie set.

Two tow trucks used a cable stretched between them to lift the car from the fountain. When the car was lifted from the water and set onto the ground, the crowd clapped and cheered.

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Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published September 26, 2013 11:30 PM


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