A Corvette crashed and exploded in Florida on Saturday morning during an alleged street race that seriously injured the driver, according to authorities and a local report.
Fire crews responded shortly before 8:30 a.m. to a report of a vehicle crash at the intersection of State Highway 200 and SW 80th Street and found the white Corvette smashed “to pieces,” County Fire Rescue said. Marion.
The car went off the road and hit a utility pole before breaking down, according to witness reports.
Firefighters said downed power lines temporarily closed the road.
The driver of the Corvette was declared “Trauma Alert” and rushed to a local hospital.
The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle.
The Florida Highway Patrol said street racing is suspected to be the cause of the crash, the Ocala Star Banner reported.
The Corvette and a silver Ford Mustang were believed to be racing west on the highway when the Mustang cut off the Corvette, causing the Corvette to swerve and hit another car, troopers told the newspaper.
After hitting the other car, troopers said the Corvette went through the power pole and hit a tree.
The scene where a Corvette crashed and exploded in an alleged street race in Marion County, Florida. Marion County Fire Rescue Car seats on the ground after the accident. Marion County Fire Rescue The Corvette and a silver Ford Mustang are believed to have been racing when the Corvette swerved into another car and then crashed into a telephone pole and a tree. Marion County Fire Rescue
The Corvette was smashed into at least four major pieces and the driver was ejected 154 feet from the wreckage.
There was no update immediately available on the Corvette driver’s injuries.
Troopers have asked the public for help in identifying the driver of the Ford Mustang in connection with the crash.
The driver of the Corvette was declared “Trauma Alert” and rushed to a local hospital. Marion County Fire Rescue The driver of the Corvette was ejected 154 feet from the crash site. Marion County Fire Rescue
The driver of the Mustang was described as a white man with a well-groomed beard and two tattoos on his right forearm.
He is believed to be between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet tall and weighs between 225 and 250 pounds.