Beachgoers at the “World’s Most Famous Beach” experienced a harrowing moment when a driver crashed through a tollbooth and then drove across the sand and into the Atlantic Ocean.
Four Daytona Beach visitors were injured, including a child, during the accident that may have been medically related, Fox 35 Orlando reported. A child was struck while in the water and transported to the hospital, according to a Volusia County Beach Patrol spokesperson. The Volusia County EMS union told the Fox affiliate there were two trauma alerts.
The extent of the child’s injuries is not clear.
A crowd of people can be seen in video footage surrounding a vehicle that is partly in the ocean. At one point, a woman can be heard saying, “My baby, my baby!”
Volusia County Beach Patrol Spokesperson Tammy Malphurs said the driver may have experienced a medical episode prior to the crash.
The vehicle was approaching the beach from International Speedway, struck a toll booth and then drove onto the beach and into the water.
“I heard a giant crash. I mean I thought it was either a firework that went off or I mean something bad just happened,” beachgoer Jake Lofland told WKMG-TV.
The sound being the moment the car crashed through the toll booth.
“(The car) was going like 40 miles per hour, and it obliterated the toll booth and came barreling all the way through. People were dodging left and right to get out of the way,” Nicole Mathis told the affiliate.
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