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Video shows drugged driver crashing car into 2nd story of Calif. building

Officials released security video from the vantage point of a city bus capturing the dangerous crash early Sunday morning of a car in California hitting a divider at such a high speed that it launched into the second story of a nearby building.

The white Nissan Altima in the video, courtesy of the Orange County Transportation Authority, went airborne — barely missing the bus and then crashing right into the building.

The Nissan slammed into the center divider around 5:30 a.m., finally landing on the second floor of a dental office in Santa Ana, Calif., the Orange County Fire Authority said.

Fox News previously reported the driver allegedly said afterwards that he’d been using drugs at the time.

Capt. Stephen Horner of the Orange County Fire Authority said that the very unusual “situation” was triggered by the driver’s speed.

He said, “This is not a situation that happens every day.”

Colleen Barry, The Associated Press Published 9:20 a.m. ET Jan. 17, 2018

Members of the media look over the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta at the North American International Auto Show, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Detroit.(Photo: Jose Juarez, AP)

MILAN — Car sales in Europe topped the 15-million mark for the first time in a decade in 2017, the fourth straight year of higher registrations, the association of European carmakers said Wednesday.

Registrations of new cars were up 3.4% from 14.6 million in 2016, said the association, ACEA. That brings sales to the highest level since before a record-long six-year slump started in 2007.

Most major carmakers registered gains, as did four of the top five markets. Only Britain shrank, ceding 6% of the market on the heels of the vote to leave the European Union. The southern European nations of Italy and Spain, hardest hit by the six-year crisis, tallied the strongest gains, nearing 8%, followed by economic powerhouses France at nearly 5% and Germany at nearly 3%.

Mass-market carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen expanded by 28% to over 1.8 million vehicles, thanks to the takeover of Opel from General Motors. Volkswagen remained the No. 1 automaker in the European market, increasing a modest 2.3% to 3.5 million vehicles even while the nameplate Volkswagen brand and luxury Audi marquee contracted slightly.

Among premium carmakers, Alfa Romeo sales leaped 29% to 85,691, the largest increase of any brand, on sales of the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV. Daimler’s sales grew by 5% to 992,528 vehicles while the BMW group trailed the market with a modest 1% gain.

Toyota sales were up 12%, but the Japanese carmaker, which is one of the top-sellers globally, still hasn’t hit its one-time goal of 5% European market share, falling shy at 4.6%.

Supercarmaker Lamborghini reported earlier this week that it delivered a record 3,815 cars globally last year, with all markets contributing to an overall 10% gain.

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