Thanks to a healthy combination of affordability, performance, and availability, the fifth-generation of the Chevy Corvette – colloquially known as the C5 Vette – is often the go-to sports car for those on a budget. Unfortunately, this combination means that C5 Corvette’s can end up in the hands of irresponsible owners, and now, a Florida Man crashed his 2001 Corvette on the interstate.
Taking place in Pasco County, Florida, a report from WFLA news say that the driver of this C5 Vette was traveling at high speeds on I-75 when he struck a guardrail. Officials say that the 18-year-old driver lost control of his Vette while speeding, swerved to the inside shoulder, struck a guardrail, and slid across three southbound lanes before finally coming to a rest on the west shoulder.
An 18-year-old girl was also present in the C5 Corvette at the time of the accident.
Judging by the photos, the Florida Man appears to have been traveling at exceptional speeds. While the basic shape of the cabin is intact, that’s about all that remains of the original vehicle, as the hood and rear hatch have been thrown off. In fact, the 5.7L V8 LS1 engine, along with bits of the exhaust, was ripped out of the engine bay and thrown across the interstate. Additionally, pieces of fenders and even a wheel are scattered all over the roadway.
According to officials, both occupants were airlifted to a local hospital with serious injuries. It’s worth noting that they were both wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
This should go without being said, but even so, GM Authority would like to remind and urge our readers to pay attention on the road and abide by all traffic laws. Save the antics for the closed road course, as the potential consequences just aren’t worth the risk.