Skip to comments.Man killed when car plunges into Grand Canyon
Posted on 07/14/2009 9:33:55 AM PDT by rdl6989
A man died after his car plunged 600 feet off the edge of the Grand Canyon's South Rim, authorities said Tuesday. The Arizona park's regional communications center received several reports of a car driving off the edge about 6 a.m. Monday, according to a written statement.
"Upon arriving at the scene, investigators found tire tracks leading to the edge behind the Thunderbird Lodge and received reports of a single occupant in a blue passenger car driving over the edge," the statement said.
Rescue personnel descended on ropes and found the vehicle about 600 feet into the canyon. The man's body was recovered shortly afterward, the statement said.
The incident occurred near the El Tovar hotel in a village on the canyon's South Rim, park spokeswoman Shannan Marcak said.
Authorities have not ruled the death a suicide, she said. "It has not been ruled anything at this time."
The statement said the National Park Service is investigating. Typically, Marcak said, such investigations take at least a few days.
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The only retirement plan left.
When I die I want to go like my Grandfather, in my sleep. Not screaming & yelling like the people in the backseat.
Boy. Think about that last ride - those last seconds...
Thelma and Louise.
My 6 yo son refused to go within 20 feet of the Canyon’s edge. LOL I have family photos with the rest of us standing at different points near the Canyon and one little boy standing far, far away!
How many seconds did he have, assuming he was going at least 40 mph?
Was he being chased by a understanding cop?
I think that car is STILL at the bottom of the canyon as a tourist attraction .
poor guy probably watched Thelma & Louise one too many times
600ft at 40mph
1 mile = 5280 feet so he went .11 miles
Time = Distance ÷ Speed
How’d I do?
58.6 feet per second at 40MPH
A little over 10 seconds assuming no increase in speed during the fall...
I would stay even farther back than that....I told wifey - who was gleefully leaning over the rail for a better look - that if she slipped, she was on her own, ‘cause I wasn’t getting any closer.
I’m with your son! I can’t even stand photos of high places...like construction workers at the top of a skyscraper looking down. Gives me the CREEPS!
I’ve had many happy times there, especially on Super Sunday — no one’s in the park, but it’s not a holiday, so you get the Canyon to yourself sans crowds.
Watch out for Federally mandated parachutes, seatbelts and wraparound air bags in Obama’s next proclamation.
Really? I figured they had to fly it out of there or suffer the wrath of the environmentalist god Gia.
What about acceleration due to gravity and the effects of drag due to wind over a solid object?
No problem with heights....it’s widths I’m concerned about!
Bet he had his foot on the break pedal.
In order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow needs to beat its wings forty-three times every second, right?
Gravity. It’s not just a good idea, it’s the LAW!
I was standing at an observation rail on a platform that was overhanging the canyon a bit. I was nervous, but OK with it, until...
A busload of Japanese tourists swarmed down onto the platform. They happened to be “comfortable” with jostling.
I got the heck out of there.
Your both wrong. His downward velocity when he went over the edge was 0. He would then begin accelerating downward at a rate of 32ft per second squared.
Well his next of kin should take legal action. /s
There was no guardrail!
Laugh, but this is the mindset on so many issues these days.
His 40 mph was just in the horizontal vector - by the way you calced it he would have hit the ground three times faster if he was driving 120 mph, and that’s just not the case
It’s not the fall that’ll kill ya, it’s the sudden stop.
You fail. His initial velocity would have been horizontal, the descent is vertical. Assuming he accelerated at 32.2 ft/sec/sec in the vertical, starting with no initial vertical velocity he would go splat in squareroot( 2 x 600 / 32.2) = 6.1 seconds. In that 6.1 seconds, again assuming no horizontal acceleration he would have gone about 358 feet in the horizontal.
Yes, but a car doesn’t fall at the speed it was traveling, it falls at a speed of 32 ft per second/per second. The 40 MPH quits as soon as the wheels leave the ground and gravity takes over! However, all things considered you are probably pretty close to the mark, and in the long run it doesn’t really matter.
It is not the fall that hurts, it is the sudden stop at the end....
He falls for approximately 6.1 seconds...
His downward speed at impact is appoximately 134 mile/hour.
It doesn't matter how fast he was going sideways.
Don't you just love movies with a happy ending?
I was just there with my family three weeks ago and stayed at the Thunderbird Lodge. Glad he waited until this week to drive over the edge. Would have ruined a perfectly nice vacation for us had this happened when we were there.......
Your 6 yo grand son is a wise child. You’d never get me close to the edge either!
Hmmm was their handicap access? Was there a sign post that read something like: Do not drive vehicles over the rim. Driving over the rim could cause death or serious injury. Also was there a saftey net hung so to catch any car that might go over the rim? Was the car equipment with anti gravity devices to protect occupants should they drive over the rim of a deep canyon? I think Congressional hearings should be called to answer these questions.
I’m a publik skool grajuate and suck at math but hey I tried.
If you were a liberal, NEA union teacher I would still pass with an A.
That is one of the things I like about the GC. They expect personal responsibility. Many people are shocked when they see that most places don't have railings. They are used to their safety being someone else responsibility.
I take each of my daughters on a 3 day hike to the bottom of the Canyon when they are 8 years old. I have five and the next trip is for my fourth daughter this October. I am counting the days.
Is that the European or the African swallow??
You’re not counting gravity, and that 40 mph was the horizontal vector, not vertical.
I myself won’t be counting wind resistance, launch angle and terminal velocity, but:
It will take 6.1 seconds to land, and he should land 358 feet out while going 134 miles per hour vertically.
I knew physics class would be useful somehow. :)
Exactly. See, I knew this had merit. ;-)
You’d get a “A” just for asking the question.