Man survives crash that split car in two

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) — A Winter Haven man has survived a horrific crash that split his vehicle in two when he slid off the roadway hitting a tree.

Winter Haven Police say the crash happened Tuesday just before 7 p.m. when Carlos Pino, 20, was traveling westbound along Cypress Gardens Blvd.

At the curve near Interlochen Blvd., police say Pino lost control of his silver 1986 Nissan 300ZX and started to slide on the wet roadways as he negotiated the curve.

Pino overcorrected losing control of the vehicle and he started to skid sideways.

Ultimately, the vehicle left the roadway striking a tree with the driver’s side front wheel and quarter panel.

The impact of the crash caused the vehicle to split in two with the front engine compartment on one side of the tree and the vehicle’s cab with Pino buckled in coming to a rest on the opposite side of the tree.

There were no other vehicles involved in the crash.

Pino, who was wearing his seat belt, was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Health with non-life threatening injuries.

The wet roadway and speed appear to be a factor in the crash.

An investigation is ongoing and charges are pending, police say.

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