Driver somehow lands car upside down on Highland Park fountain



PITTSBURGH - A man in his 70s was pulled from his car after it flipped into the Highland Park Fountain Thursday night.

Chopper 11 flew over the scene and showed the car directly on top of the fountain spout.

 “A lot of witnesses said he wasn't going fast, maybe 30 or 40 mph, came straight through the entrance of the fountain, hit a bench, knocked the bench into the pond, hit the front of the fountain, did one big flip and landed right on top of the fountain,” said Pittsburgh police Sgt. Mike Pilyih.

Authorities said Friday they believe the man suffered some kind of medical emergency before the crash.

Witness Willie Phifer said the car went about 7 feet into the air before landing on its hood.

"I went in and a bunch of bystanders went in and kind of held his head out of the water and kept his spine stabilized and waited until the paramedics and firemen got there,” said Sarah Hagerty. “I live down the street there, and this is a pretty well populated area, people walking a lot, and for him to not hit anyone in that front section is pretty amazing.”

The man was taken via ambulance to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. His name and condition haven’t been released.

Tow trucks were brought in to remove the car from the fountain.

Officials at Pittsburgh Public Works said they’re assessing the damage and trying to figure out who will pay for it.