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Driver rescued after car plunges off cliff near Lake Superior

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DULUTH — A car crashed through a guardrail, plunged about 60 feet off a cliff, bounced off a boulder and came to rest just a few feet from Lake Superior. The driver then sat helpless for hours in freezing temperatures, until the wreck was spotted by a good Samaritan early Tuesday morning, according to authorities and the witness.

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Authorities did not identify the man or list his condition, but witness Ken Greshowak, who was the first person on the scene, said the man was awake and alert as he was taken to the hospital.

Greshowak said he quickly called 911 and took a path down the cliff to reach the car. There, he said, he found the man sitting in the passenger seat wearing a T-shirt. The man was bloodied and appeared dazed, giving garbled responses to questions.

The Duluth Fire Department reported that the car’s engine was cold to the couch when crews arrived, indicating he had been there for some time. The temperature was 13 below at the time.

Rescue crew members placed the man on a stretcher and used a rope system to pull him up to the roadside. He was taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital.

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