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Watch: Passenger Thrown From Car in High-Speed Toll Booth Crash

By Chris Jasurek

Plenty of people have tried to keep on driving even though they knew they were nodding off. Rarely do people pull over to take a nap.

Steven Dos Santos, 23, will probably be one of those who stops to take a rest in the future.

On June 3, Dos Santos dozed off at the wheel and slammed into a toll booth abutment hard enough to eject a passenger from his vehicle.

This SUV was traveling so fast when it hit the toll booth a passenger was flung from the vehicle. (Fox screenshot)
This SUV was traveling so fast when it hit the toll booth a passenger was flung from the vehicle. (Fox screenshot)

Florida Highway patrol has video of Santos, in his white SUV crossover, approaching a toll plaza near St. Cloud, Florida at about 7:15 a.m.

Dos Santos never slows—he rams right into the concrete barrier so hard the vehicle is vaulted into the air.

The white SUV slammed into a concrete abutment and flew, spinning, into the air. (Fox screenshot)
The white SUV slammed into a concrete abutment and flew, spinning, into the air. (Fox screenshot)

The car half flipped, half spun, and crashed back to Earth, bursting with flame.

One of the passengers is flung right out of the car from the force of the collision.

Amazingly, the car’s doors open and passengers begin staggering out. (Fox screenshot)
Amazingly, the car’s doors open and passengers begin staggering out. (Fox screenshot)

Miraculously, the driver and all four passengers survived. Only one had to be hospitalized, according to Fox News.

“Getting behind the wheel while fatigued can have dangerous, and sometimes deadly, consequences,” Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said on Twitter.

“If you’re having difficulty focusing, frequent blinking or heavy eyelids, pull over in a safe place to rest before continuing to drive.”

According to the CDC, driving while drowsy is a serious problem in the United States. It estimates that 1 in 25 adult drivers have fallen asleep while driving in the past month. It accounted for about 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013.

 

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