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New Paul Walker Crash Video Suggests There Was 1 Minute to Escape

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Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 6:01 AM

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See our latest: Paul Walker Died of Traumatic Injuries, Coroner Says.

New security video (on the next page) of the Paul Walker crash over the weekend could suggest that the actor and the man driving the wrecked Porsche may have had 60 seconds to get out of the car if they weren't already dead and if the car wasn't mangled beyond escape.

See also: Paul Walker of 'Fast & Furious' Franchise Dead in High-Speed Crash.

Those are are big ifs. But the footage, obtained by CNN, shows that it took about a minute for the exotic, 2005 Carrera GT to go up in flames, according to the network's on-air analysis:

The video doesn't show the actual crash.

Taken from a building that's apparently across the street from where the Porsche wrecked in suburban Valencia Saturday, it shows a pole going down, then a tree, then wisps, then a full-on black cloud of smoke.

The time between when the tree falls and the full-on black smoke rises is apparently one minute. But the Porsche was badly mangled, with some witnesses saying it was possibly split in half.

Seems survival was a long shot, even without fire.

Today the L.A. County Department of Coroner is expected to unveil autopsy results for 40-year-old Walker, of The Fast and The Furious franchise fame, and driver Roger Rodas, a native of El Salvador who was a friend of the actor's and a sometime racecar driver.

See also: Paul Walker Investigation Discounts Street Racing ... For Now.

The two were participating in a toy drive at Rodas nearby performance car shop, Always Evolving, which apparently just obtained the nearly $400,000 car, when they decided to take the Porsche for a spin on Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff's officials reiterated their belief that the accident was a solo car crash and not the product of a street race.

See also: Paul Walker's Last Ride: The Porsche Carrera GT.

Both men were declared dead at the scene. It took dental records to identify them, coroner's officials have said.

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