Car Cannonballs Over DFW Airport Tollbooth

By Lita Beck
|  Thursday, Jun 3, 2010  |  Updated 9:55 PM CDT
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Brush with Death Outside DFW Airport

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Brush with Death Outside DFW Airport

Two drivers and an airport toll taker had a narrow brush with death at a DFW Airport Toll Plaza after a airborne car sailed through the plaza and burst into flames.
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A driver leaving the airport early Tuesday morning launched over a tollbooth after hitting the concrete lane divider.

A YouTube video posted by the Dallas Observer shows a female driver, later identified as 23-year-old Jasmine Villasana, hitting a protective barrier at the north end of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at a high rate of speed.

The driver and her vehicle flew over the tollbooth -- and another vehicle in the lane paying a toll -- and landed on the other side of the booth shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday.  The driver told police she had been rear-ended as she was approaching the toll plaza and that the collision caused her vehicle to strike the protector barricade.

After landing, the woman's car burst into flames. She was able to get out safely, but police said she kept trying to get back into the vehicle while it was on fire.

The woman walked away with minor injuries, including an injury to her shoulder, police said. The tollbooth attendant and the other driver were not injured.

Airport police arrested her on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Relatives at Villasana's Fort Worth apartment said she declined to comment.

NBC DFW's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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