Dec 23, 2010 1:45 AM by Ariel Wesler

Car flies off road, lands in nearby field

A car goes airborne and crashes in a field in Arroyo Grande, but those inside the car survive. It happened just before 2:30 p.m. on Grand Avenue across from the Southbound Highway 101 off ramp.

The driver is 70 years old. He was taken to Arroyo Grande Hospital with unknown injuries. His female passenger suffered major injuries.

C.H.P officers say the BMW was traveling southbound on Highway 101. The driver got off at Grand Avenue going more than 65 miles per hour on the off ramp. The car shot across the road and hit the curb. That's when witnesses said they heard a loud boom and saw the car fly into the air and land upside-down in a field.

"It was unbelievable. I just saw the car just launch. I was looking into the street to see a car accident and then I see this car just fly over into the field," said Mauricio Castillo, who works nearby.

Emergency crews had to cut the woman out of the passenger seat. Officers say it was not raining at the time of the accident. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Officers say the vehicle was registered to the driver's business in Santa Maria. They believe the two are husband and wife, but have not confirmed that information.

Traffic was backed up along Grand Avenue for about 25 minutes while emergency crews cleared the scene.

The victims' names have not been released.


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