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23-Year-old Woman Survives Fiery US1 Wreck That Shears Off Toyota’s Engine

| September 1, 2011

The remains of the Toyota Scion about an hour after the wreck on U.S. 1 Thursday night. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

The wrecker crew had never quite seen something like it: the engine portion of the vehicle, a Toyota Scion, had been sheared off from the force of the car’s impact with a tree, the car itself continued to travel until it came to a rest on its side, in the wood-line, on the north shoulder of U.S. 1, debris, including a piece of the transmission, was found in the median of the four-lane highway, and the driver of the Toyota herself was left pinned under the car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol trooper investigating the scene, but very briefly, as several people at the scene immediately after the wreck lifted the car to pull her out.

She was transported to Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach with non-life-threatening injuries at about 9:50 this evening (Sept.1).

Amanda Sieber, 23, of Daytona Beach, was traveling north and, a trooper said, may have been going too fast around the long curve, 1.6 miles south of the White Eagle Saloon, when the Toyota veered off the highway, traveled a short distance on the grass, smashed into a tree, then rolled toward the woods. It did not look like she had gone off the left shoulder onto the median and over-corrected, as many such wrecks tend to go.

The engine came apart from the car and caught fire nearer the shoulder. Firefighters extinguished it. The car itself no longer looked like a car but a heap of parts and shattered windshield.

The wreck took place at about 9:40 p.m. Both lanes of U.S. 1 North were briefly shut down but one lane had reopened by 10 p.m., and the vehicle was being removed from the scene by John’s Towing at about 10:30 p.m.

Aug. 2 update: Sieber had been with her boyfriend at the Wing House, a bar in Daytona Beach. Her boyfriend was following her on his motorcycle–and stopped afterward to attend to Sieber after the crash, but he left the scene before police interviewed him there. Sieber was not wearing a seatbelt, and charges are pending, depending on the results of a blood test for alcohol.

The engine part that separated, on fire, from the rest of the car. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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The engine. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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The two car parts as the main body of the car was being towed. Click on the image for larger view. (© FlaglerLive)

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18 Responses for “23-Year-old Woman Survives Fiery US1 Wreck That Shears Off Toyota’s Engine”

  1. Jojo says:

    I believe in Guardian Angels?

  2. Ed says:

    Why didn’t the “guardian angel” prevent the wreck from happening in the first place? Sounds like a cruel angel if there WAS one.

  3. elaygee says:

    Thank seat belts and six side airbags that left her without any serious injuries.

    For you teabaggers, that’s more “government regulation intruding in her life”, which she would have lost without them.

  4. Jojo says:

    [Comment deleted: gratuitous name-calling]

  5. J.T. says:

    I saw the accident. 1st a motorcycle went by me doing 100mph then this car passed me and lost control. She did go off of the road a little, over corrected, and then BAM! No way I thought she would be alive…

  6. Melanie says:

    Unbelievable Ed, have some compassion. If that was your family member, I’m sure you would be happy for the Guardian Angel that looked over this driver. You’ve never sped a day in your life, have you?

  7. rockettow says:

    P.S. Oh look, it’s the firefighter/ tow truck driver that is there with no reflective safety vest. If that were any other company, they would be thrown off rotation. Way to go John Rogers for the training!!

  8. kari says:

    I am glad to here the girl is ok. And thank God for seat belts, airbags, and guardian angels. Because all 3 helped to save her life.

  9. ol'sarge says:

    rockettow…firefighter/tow truck driver?? I’m pretty sure that guy is not a firefighter…if he were he would have been wearing something more than a sleeveless shirt…not sure what firefighter you are talking about…

  10. dave says:

    I never would have guessed anyone would have lived after a crash like that , she must be doing something right in life, here’s wish her a fast recovery, as for the negative post on here you people are something else.

  11. geezlouise says:

    As if John Rogers goes on every one of his wrecker calls and spot checks his drivers……I’m sure everyone of your employees never, ever does anything against your rules! Oh, wait…if you even have any employees….Sounds like you have yourself some sour grapes.

  12. Original Floridian says:

    Did I read this article incorrect? I thought it says she was NOT wearing a seatbelt but some of the peeps commenting are crediting seatbelts for saving her from serious injury. I am very happy this young lady was not ‘seriously” injured and yes I too believe in “guardian angels”. May you have a speedy recovery.

  13. Ed says:

    @Melanie. If you must know I “speed” all the time. Not excessively mind you, but speed none the less. (never wrapped a car around a tree) That has nothing to do with my point of a fictitious “guardian angel” because If you were to believe that, wouldn’t you have to believe in a equally evil “guardian demon” that caused the wreck in the first place? You believe in fairy tales and I believe in faulty judgement, logic and physics. Stuff happens. …lol. Guardian Angels, indeed.

  14. Jojo says:

    @Ed, “Know well comrade Crito that these things are what I seem to hear just as the Corybantes hear flutes.” Plato, a man of logic, judgement and physics believed in fairies.

    This is another saying many a World War II pilot would believe, “God is my co-pilot.” Ed, did you know that Humpty Dumpty was pushed.

  15. Valerie Walters says:

    This young lady now has a new purpose in life. The gift of life!

  16. Lou Rothman says:

    I am elated that my cousin Amanda is still with us. God bless you sweetheart! xoxox

  17. Lulu says:

    NOBODY should drink & drive! Next time, if there is one, she could kill somebody, or herself! Hope she’s learned from this horrific wreck!

  18. Jason says:

    Well She did get a DWI so no sympathy she could have killed someone

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