Car crashes through crowded Florida beach, injures multiple people

Child among those injured after car crashes through toll poll, travels onto Daytona Beach, goes into ocean

At least four people, including a child, were injured when a car crashed through an unoccupied toll booth and ended up in the Atlantic Ocean, officials said.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – At least four people, including a child, were injured when a car crashed through an unoccupied toll booth and ended up in the Atlantic Ocean, officials said.

The crash happened just before 5 p.m. Sunday along Daytona Beach, where vehicles are allowed on the sand.

The car crashed through the International Speedway Boulevard beach approach before slicing through the crowded beach and ending up in the water, Volusia County Beach Safety officials told news outlets.

“When it was about to hit the water, about 15 people jumped out. They were in the water, jumped out of the way and I mean, the vehicle just hit the water hard,” witness Jack Lofland told WESH.

Frantic 911 callers told dispatcher the car was in the ocean, and News4JAX sister station WKMG reported that witnesses on the beach jumped in to help after the car barreled into the ocean, saying they worked to push the car out of the waves and back onto the beach.

“The car was just back and forth, and it kept hitting us. It was dangerous,” beachgoer Shannon Lofland told WKMG. “It was awful.”

An investigation was continuing late Sunday, Ocean Rescue Deputy Chief Tamra Malphurs said.

The child was taken to a hospital in Daytona Beach and then airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. According to WKMG, the child was in stable condition at last check.

The vehicle’s driver was also taken to the hospital as a trauma alert, the Daytona Beach News-Journal’s report said.

According to WKMG, the conditions of the others who were injured, all of whom were in the car, have not been released.