It was a close call for a city man Monday afternoon when his Jeep came to rest at the edge of an embankment following an accident.
Daniel McKay was driving northeast down Barrows Street at 1:07 p.m. when he allegedly swerved to dodge a car coming in the opposite direction. He drove his vehicle off the side of the road. The Jeep came to rest dangling over a cliff.
McKay, 20, and his 18-year-old girlfriend were not hurt and managed to escape the 2008 Jeep Liberty as it teetered on the edge of a 20-30 foot dropoff. According to an officer at the scene, the Jeep was saved from taking the plunge by a tree stump and the chain-link fence on the side of the road. The officer believed if it had not been for that, the Jeep's occupants could've been seriously injured or killed.
Above, a Jeep rests at the edge of a cliff on Barrows Street in Jamestown following a Monday afternoon accident.
Jamestown police officers, firefighters and DPW workers work with the towing company to get the vehicle off the edge of the cliff and onto the road.
P-J photos by Mallory Diefenbach
As the Jeep was towed from the edge, Jamestown firefighters were on standby in case the vehicle caught fire because a metal pole had damaged the underneath of the Jeep. The pole needed to be dug and pulled out before the Jeep could be towed.
McKay was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He had been caught five times in the last two years for driving without a license, and had a warrant for an unpaid ticket outside of Jamestown City Court.
McKay was given a ticket to show up at Jamestown City Court at a later date.
The Jamestown Police and Fire departments were assisted at the scene by the Department of Public Works.