Car Split in Half, All Inside Survive

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    NBCSanDiego
    The accident happened on southbound I-15 where it meets up with southbound I-5 in the Southcrest area just after midnight Tuesday.

    Four people survive a car accident in which the vehicle was split in two.

    The accident happened on southbound I-15 where it meets up with southbound I-5 in the Southcrest area just after midnight Tuesday.

    Only one vehicle was involved in the crash. The driver of the car is under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

    Car Split in Half, All Inside Survive

    [DGO] Car Split in Half, All Inside Survive
    The accident happened on southbound I-15 where it meets up with southbound I-5 in the Southcrest area just after midnight Tuesday.

    "It hit the concrete wall, traveled up partially onto the wall, started sliding down the wall where it hit a post that was holding up a freeway sign," said Officer Art Athens, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

    Four people were in the car. The two passengers in the backseat were actually thrown from the car and hit the pavement.

    "The impact actually caused the car to split in half," Athens said.

    Firefighters spent 15 to 20 minutes trying to free people from inside the car.

    The passengers were taken to UCSD Medical Center with what were originally described as serious injuries by the CHP. Luckily, they only sustained lacerations. 

    "It's nothing short of a miracle," Athens said. "For every one accident like this where somebody happens to survive, there are thousands more where somebody's killed in an accident like this."

    Athens says this type of ending is not typical, and he wants to remind people that wearing your seatbelt is one of the best ways to stay safe behind the wheel.

    Police say 23-year-old Andres Acala was arrested and booked into the downtown jail on suspicion of felony DUI.