A good Samaritan trying to jump a dead car battery got more than he bargained for when the car needing the help ended up dangling from the fourth story of a parking garage, closing a San Francisco street for more than an hour Thursday afternoon.
The car, which was described as a light-blue Mazda 3 sedan with Nevada plates, was reported hanging partially from a parking garage at Third and Folsom streets around 1:10 p.m., according to San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge.
The road was quickly closed as crews worked to secure the vehicle and remove it from the dangerous edge.
Talmadge said the vehicle was being pushed by the manager of the garage and another person to another car so it could be jumped. The car, though, got away from the two.
“Whoever jumped in the car had a difficult time finding the brake,” Talmadge said.
The car crashed through a metal barrier and ended up with its front wheels partway out of the building. The crash sent two pieces of the barrier, roughly five feet in length and weighing 200 pounds, to the sidewalk below. Glass from the car also shattered and spilled to the sidewalk.
No one was injured on the sidewalk, according to Talmadge. The manger of the garage complained of leg pain and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.
Talmadge said the pieces that fell were decorative and the incident did not cause structural damage to the garage.
Fire Battalion Chief Charles Crane said that given the time of day, “it’s a miracle someone didn’t get killed.”
The parking garage is located across from the Moscone Center. Salesforce.com is currently hosting a convention there.
After the car was cleared, Folsom Street was reopened to traffic around 2:30 p.m.
Bay City News contributed to this report.