Witnesses told police a woman was driving really fast when she crossed the median and t-boned a pickup truck. The truck spun out of control, hit the front of a liquor store and landed on its side.
Police now say the woman was huffing and driving. Fayetteville Police say this marks the 2nd huffing and driving accident in the last month alone.
Huffing is when you take household chemicals, put them in a bag, and inhale, cutting off oxygen to your brain. Police say it immediately impairs you but when you get behind the wheel after doing it they say it endangers everyone.
"It is very fortunate someone was not killed," said Fayetteville Police Sergeant Craig Stout. One person was hurt after a t-bone car collision Monday afternoon on school street.
Police say the driver that caused the crash was impaired but not by alcohol. "We do believe she was huffing," said Fayetteville Police Sergeant Craig Stout.
Huffing is the act of inhaling chemicals out of a bag or container. "It only takes a few minutes before it is absorbed into the lungs," said Sgt. Stout. Stout says this driver tried to hide it.
"She handed the dust can off to a witness. And she asked the witness to dispose of the can," said Stout. What is worrisome to Stout is he says this is not the first case of a huffer getting behind the wheel.
"There was one on 112 recently on 540 where a young lady lost control, went off an embankment and was still in the process of huffing when officers arrived on scene," said Stout.
In 2010, police say a Greenwood teen was huffing a cleaning product when he blacked out and crashed into a building. Stout says that is just one of the many side effects users get from huffing.
"You can have dizziness, loss of coordination, all these types of impairment occur from huffing. Including hallucinations." So now, Stout just wants to get the word out.
"We want to bring attention to it. If you know someone that has a problem with huffing you might want to get them some type of help," said Stout.
If you know someone who has a problem with huffing Fayetteville police say you should check out the websites below.