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Crashed car still turning heads in Atlantic Beach

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Updated: 4/25/2013 12:36 pm
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Five days after a car vs. building crash, the vehicle is still lodged inside the vacant structure.

Action News continues to uncover why it has taken days for the city to clean up the scene of a crash early Saturday morning.

It seems the aftermath of the crash is still an unofficial attraction in Atlantic Beach

Five days later and the Jaguar S-Type is still stuck inside the vacant building.

Local business owners are enjoying the added attention to the once vacant shopping plaza.

“It's a lot of publicity, why would they want to move it?” asked owner of Time Out of Mind Massage, Cheryl Thacker. “There have been miles of people coming out to take pictures – just like you guys."

Every time our camera was out, we'd find dozens of onlookers pulling up to snap pictures. Wednesday was no different.

Thom Brouillette sees the mangled mess as an opportunity to make some money.

“Well, I'm wondering why they're not using my services to tow this vehicle out of here,” said Brouillette, who owns Aloha Towing. “It'd be great business."

A lot of Action News viewers are still asking us what happened. We tracked down a witness. Eduardo Santos called 911 moments after the crash.

“He just started coming into the parking lot. I mean there were pieces of the car everywhere, like a fender here, pieces of the car there. So he just turned and went straight into the building,” said Santos.

Police ticketed the driver for speeding.

Action News has learned the car is now reinforcement for the empty building. If removed, the entire thing could collapse.
The Atlantic Beach building officials tell Action News, the delay is due to coordinating the removal between multiple insurance companies. It's expected to be towed away Thursday.
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