VIDEO shows the horrifying moment a Jeep plummeted down a Colorado cliff, leaving a passenger, 23, with spine injuries after she was thrown from the car.
The San Miguel County Sheriff shared pictures of the vehicle, which was left completely crushed after it rolled down the cliffside.
Video captured the horrifying moment the vehicle came crashing down a cliffside[/caption]
Suzie Rhodes, a 23-year-old passenger in the Jeep, was thrown from the vehicle as it tumbled down the cliff[/caption]
The red Jeep is seen completely crushed after tumbling down the cliffside[/caption]
A 22-year-old male, who was driving the Jeep in Telluride, told cops he turned off the car and put the emergency break on to help direct a driver behind him around a tight turn, police said.
The driver had been traveling from Black Bear Pass to Bridal Veil road in the October 6 incident.
“The Jeep started to roll with his 23yr old female friend in the passenger seat,” police said in a statement.
“He tried to jump back into the vehicle to try and steer it, but he was thrown into rocks when it left the road.
Video showed the vehicle come tumbling down the cliffside[/caption]
The Jeep was just feet away from smashing into the other vehicle[/caption]
Police said a 23-year-old female who was in the vehicle was thrown out as it crashed down the cliff[/caption]
The Jeep then continued to roll down the cliffside[/caption]
Cops said the vehicle rolled down the cliffside, throwing the female from the vehicle before coming to a halt.
Video from a car’s dashcam shows the tight roads on the high cliffside.
As the vehicle moves slowly through the rocky roads, suddenly, the red Jeep comes crashing down the mountainside.
The Jeep comes within feet of the other vehicle, as it continues to smash down the cliff.
Police said both the male and female were rushed to the hospital following the incident.
Suzie Rhodes suffered spinal injuries after the crash[/caption]
The vehicle was left in shambles after rolling down the cliff[/caption]
The vehicle was completely tattered after smashing down the mountain[/caption]
The male only suffered “minor injuries,” but the female was left “with more serious traumatic injuries,” police said.
Following the accident, a GoFundMe was organized to help cover expenses for the Suzie Rhodes, who was in the vehicle when it began to roll down the cliff.
In an update on Sunday, the GoFundMe said Suzie had made progress in her recovery – and was able to sit up in her wheelchair.
A 10-month-old black lab that was in the vehicle was missing after the crash[/caption]
According to the GoFundMe, Rhodes had surgery on her spinal cord following the accident.
She is now said to be in stable condition – but she will continue her recovery post-op, and go through therapy and rehabilitation.
“Her doctors have estimated at least 2 years of extensive rehabilitation meaning Suzie will be out of work for the next 2 years on this road to recovery,” a GoFundMe said.
Two puppies were also in the car at the time of the accident, cops said.
The pup was found by a couple in the area[/caption]
The dog was found safe with no major injuries, police said[/caption]
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A 10-month-old black lab named Decker was missing after the accident.
A few days after the incident, however, a couple on the trail heard howling – and found the dog, police said.
The couple called a rescue team, and the pup was rescued with no major injuries and reunited with his family.