Dramatic high speed crash into petrol station

Last updated 11:15 27/03/2014
Fairfield Police Department

Woman survives high speed US motorway off-ramp crash after hitting five other vehicles and narrowly missing petrol station.

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A woman in the United States is facing a number of driving charges after her vehicle rocketed through a petrol station and slammed into several parked cars.

Authorities in Fairfield, Connecticut, are amazed no-one was seriously hurt in the crash they say was caused by 31-year-old Rosa Blanca Chavarria-Medina.

Security camera footage of the spectacular crash was released by the Fairfield Police Department.

"Everyone involved in this horrific mess is lucky to be alive and the bollards [steel poles] really helped save a lot of lives by absorbing the impact of all the cars and preventing them from going inside the store," Fairfield police spokesman Lieutenant Jim Perez told the Minuteman News Centre website.

"Had either of the pumps gone off or the cars breached the front of the building, we would certainly have had at least serious injuries and possibly deaths."

Chavarria-Medina's car careened down the motorway off-ramp, striking its first car at the entrance to the petrol station, then a taxi at the pumps before ricocheting into two parked cars and slamming into the station's store building.

A man in the first parked car suffered a broken vertebrae and possible eye damage, while the other parked car had a mother and young baby inside but both escaped unharmed.

Fire service personnel had to use the jaws of life to extract Chavarria-Medina from her vehicle but she suffered only minor injuries.

She has, however, been charged with drink-driving and driving with a suspended licence.

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