Man and his dog survive 125-foot plunge over Sedona cliff

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

SEDONA – A truck fell 125 feet over a cliff in Sedona on Monday, but the driver and his dog survived.

3TV is told that driver, 44-year-old Victor Weitz, has some broken bones and possibly a punctured lung but he took a fall that could have killed him.

Gary Johnson explains, “One person in the vehicle that was alive and conscious and was yelling for help.”

Rescue crews arrived on scene Monday afternoon at about 2 p.m. to discover the1980s Toyota in a mangled, smashed-up mess. The driver was alive inside but hurting.

Johnson says, “He had trouble with one of his legs and was complaining of shoulder injury.”

Officials with the Sedona Fire Department and the Department of Public Safety say Weitz was headed southbound on freeway 89A Monday morning, driving down the steep switchbacks of Oak Creek Canyon, when he missed a sharp turn and his truck sailed over the cliff.

The truck flew more than 100 feet off the roadway, falling about five stories in all and snapping branches and uprooting trees along the way.

Johnson says Weitz was, “Pretty lucky that there were a lot of trees there, otherwise I think the impact at the bottom would have been a lot worse.”

Weitz is expected to make a full recovery. The dog in that truck also survived without injuries and it is spending the night at a local shelter.