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2 Survive as Car Plunges Off Overpass

July 14, 2001

Two 19-year-old men were hospitalized Friday after their tricked-out racing car plunged off a freeway transition road in Glendale and landed on its roof on a connector road 50 feet below, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Witnesses to the 11:33 a.m. crash on the interchange of the Foothill and Glendale freeways said the highly modified Honda Civic was traveling at about 120 mph when it spun out of control, slammed through a guardrail and went airborne over the side of the freeway, according to the CHP.

"I saw the car come straight down," said Dennis Clark, who was parked in a shopping center lot above the connector road.

The men--whose names were not immediately released--were trapped inside and had to be extricated by rescuers.

The driver had moderate injuries, including a broken nose. His passenger, who was pinned under the dashboard, suffered a broken neck.

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