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SUV drives over edge of cliff, then disappears

Posted on Tuesday, 7 January, 2020 | Comment icon 66 comments

What happened to the car and its occupants ? Image Credit: California Highway Patrol
Police in California have appealed for information after footage emerged showing a car driving over a cliff.
The shocking clip, which was filmed by the dashcam of another vehicle traveling the opposite direction, shows a green Lexus RX careening off the road and over the edge at full speed.

The incident, which occurred on the SR-1 coastal highway south of Gray Whale Cove on December 30th at 10:38am, sparked a major search-and-rescue operation covering several days and involving multiple departments.

In a peculiar twist however, rescuers were unable to find any trace of the vehicle or its occupants - it was as if the car had vanished into thin air after driving over the side of the cliff.

According to the San Mateo County Fire Department, tyre tracks were found at the scene and some debris was found in the water below, however it isn't clear if it is connected to the SUV.
There is a 75ft drop from the top of the cliff to the rocks below.

Authorities are now appealing to the general public for any information about the incident and have not ruled out the possibility that the whole thing could be some sort of hoax.

If someone really did plummet over the cliff edge however, it's unlikely that they would have survived.

You can check out the dashcam footage below.

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Tags: Car, Cliff

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #57 Posted by Jon the frog on 25 January, 2020, 2:26
Could have float away for a while but with the speed of it... would not have been a soft landing...
Comment icon #58 Posted by darkmoonlady on 25 January, 2020, 9:17
Depending on the depth past the cliff itself it could be hundreds of feet.
Comment icon #59 Posted by Crikey on 25 January, 2020, 17:32
The filmers apparently stopped to investigate, so what did they see when they looked over the cliff, was the car floating or what?
Comment icon #60 Posted by Bendy Demon on 26 January, 2020, 1:30
Strange that there was no footage of that, don'cha think?
Comment icon #61 Posted by Crikey on 26 January, 2020, 2:07
Yes, I hang at the LiveLeak and Leaked Reality video sites and we can usually detect fakes easily enough. I'm not saying that car vid is definitely a fake, but it could be.
Comment icon #62 Posted by ChrLzs on 3 February, 2020, 5:48
There's a bit more here, but it doesn't really help. I note that a self-proclaimed 'media forensics' expert says he sees no evidence of fakery... I agree that the footage itself looks real, but I find it very odd that no-one seems to be addressing the facts: - the image wobbles terribly and appears to be handheld (do you guys normally hold your dashcams?) - there seems to be one version of the video that is in landscape (horizontal) format, but another that is apparently shot in portrait (vertical) format.  Dashcams don't do portrait... [More]
Comment icon #63 Posted by Chewie1990 on 3 February, 2020, 9:21
Self-proclaimed here meaning CEO of a media forensics company, not an amateur in their parents basement.. I can't speak to his competence and he could just as easily be wrong or lying but let's not blindly play down his credentials He's also not alone as that's the same quote from the article I shared a couple of weeks ago which contained comments from a Hollywood CGI guy to the same effect  Actually the first few seconds aside I'd say it looks too stable to be handheld. The big move in the first few seconds is odd for sure but it could have been knocked or adjusted (convenient timing I'll con... [More]
Comment icon #64 Posted by ChrLzs on 4 February, 2020, 1:07
Well, if he doesn't give any reasons for being convinced, and he doesn't raise some basic problems with the footage, then yes, I'm going to question his cred.  I'd prefer a good amateur to some CEO who doesn't demonstrate competence... hmmm.  You should probably take a look here: .. (sorry, it's behind a partial paywall, but you should get the idea - note it is in landscape format, and the camera movement is ridiculous.  I suspect other footage has been stabilised...?  I'll try to get a better l... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by papageorge1 on 4 February, 2020, 17:46
Add 'ghost car' and 'paranormally saved' to that list of possibilities!! It's been a month now and no answers. And there is likely to be family/friends.
Comment icon #66 Posted by Chewie1990 on 4 February, 2020, 18:36
I'm guessing this guy hasn't done any video analysis on the clip, they just asked him for his take and he said it looked real. It's a lot easier to point out reasons why something is fake than why it is real though. If the footage is genuine then he can't list his reasons for being convinced - he either is or he isn't. As for these basic problems I'm not really seeing much - at least as far as the video itself - the circumstances are a whole other thing but not really his department.. Looking at it from the other side, the article I quoted a couple of weeks ago quoted another expert on why com... [More]

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