Man pulled from van teetering on western Colorado cliff |

Man pulled from van teetering on western Colorado cliff

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” An outcropping of rock in the Colorado National Monument may have helped save the life of a man whose van came within a few feet of plunging into a canyon.

Authorities say the 34-year-old man drove some 120 feet off Rim Rock Drive in an apparent suicide attempt at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, but called 911 after the van became stuck on the rock overhang.

More than two dozen members of the Grand Junction Fire Department and Mesa County Search and Rescue secured the teetering van, then lifted the man to safety. He was trapped for about two hours before being airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital at about 6:30 p.m.

Park Superintendent Joan Anzelmo said “it is but for the grace of God or a higher power” that the man survived.

His name was not released.

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