Fire crew does rope rescue after a vehicle falls 30 metres over escarpment

Emergency responders are on scene near the Sherman Cut this morning after a vehicle went over the Niagara Escarpment.

The Hamilton Fire Department says the driver has multiple injuries after a car fell roughly 30 metres.

Dave Thompson, Hamilton Paramedic Services superintendent, said in an email the 46-year-old man was speaking with paramedics on his way to hospital.

"He was transported to local trauma centre in serious but stable condition. He suffered multiple traumatic injuries consistent with the type of motor vehicle collision he was was involved in," Thompson said.

Fire crews were called to the Sherman Cut around 8 a.m. for a rope rescue.

When they arrived, they found a vehicle over the side, says Shawn De Jager, assistant deputy fire chief.

Crews extracted the lone occupant who "sustained multiple injuries," he wrote in an email.

Around 10:15 a.m., De Jager said the person had been rescued and was being cared for by paramedics.

Thompson said he couldn't determine, based on the man's condition, what caused the crash.

Police were also on scene and said they're investigating a single-vehicle collision.

The service tweeted a photo showing a smashed and badly bent guard rail.

Police said just before 5 p.m. that the Sherman Access had re-opened.

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