Man drives off cliff and plunges into river while choking on chocolate bar


Chocolate bar (illustration) 
By: Chan Yuan

A man and his mother are lucky to be alive after his car drove over a cliff and into a river, according to police in New Zealand.

Napier police said that the 40-year-old man and his 60-year-old mother, who were not identified, were driving down the winding Napier-Taupo Road on Tuesday afternoon around 4:30 p.m., when he began choking on a chocolate bar.

The man decided to pull over on the side of the road. He hit the brake, but the car began to skid as the road was wet due to heavy rain in the area.

The car went through a barrier and fell 100 feet into the Waipunga River. Luckily, the man and his mother were able to get out of the car before it went underwater.

The man climbed up the steep cliff and flagged down a passing vehicle.

A driver called police, and the man and his mother were taken to the Taupo Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and mild hypothermia.

They were discharged later that evening. The man revealed that he choked on a Crunchie chocolate bar. The car was a totally destroyed as a result of the fall.