4 Alive in ‘Miracle’ After Tesla Plunges 250 Feet Off Cliff at Devil’s Slide

MONTARA, Calif. — A 4-year-old girl, a 9-year-old boy and two adults survived Monday after their car plunged off a Northern California cliff along the Pacific Coast Highway near an area known as Devil’s Slide that’s known for fatal wrecks, officials said.

The Tesla sedan plummeted more than 250 feet (76.20 meters) from the highway and crashed into a rocky outcropping. It appears to have flipped a few times before landing on its wheels, wedged against the cliff just feet from the surf, according to Brian Pottenger, a battalion chief forCoastside Fire Protection District/Cal Fire.

The California Highway Patrol does not believe, based on its initial investigation, that the Tesla was operating in Autopilot or Full Self-Driving mode at the time, Officer Mark Andrews said. “The car traveled off the main portion of the roadway. For what reason, we don’t know,” Andrews said.


Tesla stock is down $18 today at about $105. It was at over $402 within the last year.

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