Driving Class Turns Tragic For Divorcees

A Moscow man and his former wife suffered severe injuries Saturday when she drove off the ninth floor of a parking garage as he was giving her driving lessons.

Gleb Mulin and Lyudmila Mulina, both 34, were in stable condition with multiple broken bones in a city hospital, a spokesman for the Moscow Emergency Service said.

Mulin, who works as a driver for the city, was instructing his former spouse in the company's parking garage on Zolotaya Ulitsa in northeast Moscow when she mistakenly stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal and panicked, rescue workers said. The Svyatogor model car smashed through the glass garage wall at at least 40 kilometers per hour.

The car flipped over and landed on several trees, breaking its fall somewhat and keeping it from hitting the pavement. But rescuers needed an hour and a half to lower it to the ground to cut the pair from the wreckage.

"It's amazing that they actually survived such a crash," said Yekaterina Budrina, a rescue service spokeswoman.