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11/13/2013 03:16 pm ET

Speeding Car Nearly 'Flies' Over French-Swiss Border (PHOTOS)

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It may sound more like the plot of an action film, but on Friday, a car nearly "flew" over the border between France and Switzerland.

The vehicle was traveling at a high speed in France when it hit a guardrail and was launched into the air near the Thônex-Vallard border crossing. According to a statement released by the Swiss Border Guard, the driver of the black Audi walked away from the accident with only a slight injury to his hand.

It seems a number of factors -- including slippery rain conditions -- contributed to the accident that caused the car to fly over the border crossing around 11 p.m. Friday. The vehicle's cruise control was set to 80 mph at the time when the driver became distracted by a GPS device, the Tribune de Genève reports. He did not notice the customs post until it was too late.

After hitting a rail that was protecting a building, the vehicle soared 147.6 feet, flipping midair as it passed over the roof of the facility with about 16 feet to spare. In total, the Audi traveled nearly 230 feet from the original point of impact.

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An illustration provided by the Swiss Border Guard shows the trajectory of the car as it hit a guardrail and flew over a currency exchange building at the Thônex-Vallard border crossing.
(Image courtesy of the Swiss Border Guard)

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Another illustration shows the path the car traveled as it sailed over a currency exchange building at the Thônex-Vallard border crossing. (Image courtesy of the Swiss Border Guard)

Since the speed limit on the French side is 70 km/h (about 43 mph), it's likely the driver will be heavily penalized, Le Dauphine notes.

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