- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - A lone tree likely saved the life of a van driver after the vehicle plunged over a tall cliff in Hannibal - but failed to fall to the ground several hundred feet below after slamming into the tree.

The Hannibal Courier-Post (https://bit.ly/1KFQ8m2 ) reports that the incident happened Sunday. Witnesses say the van pulled into a grassy area atop what’s known as Lover’s Leap, a popular tourist spot that overlooks downtown Hannibal and the Mississippi River.

Witnesses told police that the van suddenly accelerated, crashing through a fence and going over the ledge. The tree kept the van from plunging to the bottom.

The van driver is hospitalized but injury details have not been released.

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Information from: Hannibal Courier-Post, https://www.hannibal.net


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