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Dysart man talks about 60 foot plunge into quarry


It's the fall that most people wouldn't have lived through to talk about. On Monday, 50-year-old Daniel Murphy of Dysart lost control of his Dodge Ram pick-up near La Porte City on Dysart Road.

Murphy and the truck fell 60 feet on to an ice covered quarry. He was able to get out of his truck and climb out of the steep embankment. He suffered only minor injuries and was released from Allen Hospital the same day.

"It's very shocking to see it now in the day light. It's very steep over there. How I did it, I don't know, but I did it," said Murphy.

Murphy landed on his wheels in four feet of water.

"I don't know if I blacked out and lost consciousness. I don't think I did, but it was just all of a sudden sitting in my driver seat with water up to my navel and chunks of ice floating around so it was time to get out," said Murphy.

The injuries Murphy suffered were minor considering the condition of his truck.

"I got two staples in my forehead. My wrists... It's just little nicks. I'm very lucky. The most pain I have is basically out by my thighs and by my femur where it hit the side of the door several times. I'm very lucky," said Murphy.

"The things that people might have taken for granted. It's definitely a great day. The air is better, cigarettes taste better, every thing is great, and the kids look better, the dog is great. Even the cops are cool," said Murphy.

Murphy also says his wife has been big help in his quick recovery. He also wants to thank the La Porte City ambulance crew for responding so quickly and taking care of his injuries.

The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the crash. No word on whether Murphy will be cited for failure to maintain control of his vehicle.

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