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Violent crash caught on camera in West Palm Beach

'Thankfully everyone is fine,' police say
Flagler Drive crash in West Palm Beach, Oct. 27, 2021
Posted at 6:11 PM, Oct 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-28 23:44:03-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A driver apparently survived without serious injuries after a terrifying crash was caught on camera this week in West Palm Beach.

Police posted video of the wreck on their Facebook page Thursday.

The agency released little information related to the crash.

However, the video, which has a timestamp of Wednesday at 1:51 a.m., shows a car driving at a high rate of speed on Flagler Drive near Eighth Street.

WATCH VIDEO OF THE CRASH BELOW:

Violent crash caught on camera in West Palm Beach

Multiple police vehicles are parked along the road on the opposite side of the fast-moving car.

As the car passes police, it smashes head-on into a light pole and bursts into flames.

"All of a sudden I hear a boom and I looked out of my window," John Piscr said.

Piscr looked out his window from a building across the street from the crash. "And all of a sudden I see a fire, I see cop cars, I see the cops come up with fire extinguishers put out the fire, and drag the driver out of the car," he said.

Piscr said after living in the building for 5 years he often sees people traveling fast along Flagler Drive and all too often crashing.

"People have hit other light poles down here. People just fly through the curve and they lose control. So it's happened before," he said.

The video shows officers responding to the wreck and later dragging the driver, whose name has not been released, away from the crash.

"Just shocked, amazed, and thanks to god that everyone was OK, especially my officers because they were right there. In one fell swoop, I could've been at a loss of four officers," Assistant Chief of Police Tameca West said.

West said the video is definitely a teachable moment.

"Thankfully everyone is fine. This vehicle missed several officers who were standing nearby!" police posted on their Facebook page with the video.