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Bakersfield Man in Hospital After Car Plunges Off Cliff

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A 72-year-old man was trying to park his car at a Pismo Beach restaurant when the car plummeted over a cliff. He is recovering at Arroyo Grande Hospital. His wife died at the scene.

Neighbors said the couple might have been house hunting in Pismo Beach when they stopped to get lunch and the unexpected occurred, sending their car plummeting off a cliff.

Rescue crews were in a race against the clock, trying to free the elderly couple trapped inside before the tide comes in.

It took an hour to rescue the man from his car and they needed to use a rescue basket to get him back up the cliff. He may have pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake while parking the car. The car fell about 60 feet.