Vehicle crashes into second floor dental practice in California

The police in Santa Ana, California, said the vehicle clipped a median outside the building and flew about 60 feet before slamming into the 17th Street Dental Office.

A crash that sent a vehicle flying into the second floor of a Southern California dental office early Sunday was captured on surveillance video.

The Orange County Fire Authority says the Nissan Altima hit a center divider early Sunday, soared into the air and plowed into the top floor of the two-story structure in Santa Ana.

One person was still trapped inside the auto when the Orange County fire officials arrived to the scene.


The airborne auto slammed into the Santa Ana building at about 5:30 a.m., causing a small blaze that the fire department quickly extinguished, Horner said.

The Los Angeles County fire department used a specialized forklift and wrecker to remove the auto, the police said.

The auto was later removed by the Orange County fire officials with the help of Los Angeles County Urban Search & Rescue team. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Both of them were taken to a local hospital to treat some minor injuries. The owner of the practice could not be reached for comment.

"Inside, it's a major loss", the woman, who works at the motel next door said.

  • Tracy Klein