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Speeding car flies off Bay Bridge exit, damages San Francisco building

A firefighter peers into a smashed car.
Emergency workers helped extricate a woman who the CHP said was speeding west on the Bay Bridge when she careened over the wall of an off-ramp. | Source: Courtesy CHP

A speeding driver lost control on a San Francisco freeway off-ramp late Sunday night and careened over a concrete barrier wall and smashed into a building before landing on the pavement below, authorities said.

A woman was driving her Toyota Corolla "at an unsafe speed" on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge just after 11 p.m. when she lost control while turning into the elevated Harrison Street off-ramp, the California Highway Patrol said in a press release.

The car flipped over the wall of the off-ramp and clipped the second and third floors of a building next to it, wreaking significant damage on the way down, according to photos of the building supplied by the CHP.

Several windows on a residential building are damaged.
The Toyota caused significant damage to the second and third floors of the building adjacent to the Bay Bridge off-ramp. | Source: Courtesy CHP

The highway patrol said the badly smashed car came to rest on the paved shoulder of the Sterling Street on-ramp below.

"The driver was fortunately wearing a seat belt," said the CHP, adding that she was extricated from the vehicle before being transported to the hospital to be treated for injuries.

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