Airborne Car Slams Into 2nd-Floor Office

Driver hit median at high speed, police say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2018 2:11 AM CST
In this early Sunday photo provided by the Orange County Fire Authority, a vehicle that crashed into a building hangs from a second-story window in Santa Ana, Calif.   (Capt. Stephen Horner /Orange County Fire Authority via AP)
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(Newser) – It's 2018, so where are the flying cars? On Sunday, the answer to that question was Santa Ana, Calif., where a white sedan crashed into a dental office on the second floor of a two-story building. Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Capt. Stephen Horner says the vehicle became airborne when it came from a side street at high speed around 5:30am and T-boned the center median on 17th Street, the Washington Post reports. KABC reports that police say a dirt mound surrounding the concrete median apparently helped the car achieve liftoff.

The crash caused a small blaze inside the office, which firefighters quickly extinguished. Horner says one person in the car was able to get out on their own while the other was rescued more than an hour later after heavy equipment was used to stabilize the vehicle. A witness tells NBC Los Angeles that the one occupant ended up dangling from the bottom of the vehicle until police could catch him. Both occupants were treated for minor injuries. Police say the driver of the Nissan Altima admitted using narcotics, the Los Angeles Times reports. Firefighters used a specialized firetruck to extract the vehicle from the building. (Read more car crash stories.)

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