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LA MARQUE, Texas - A man blamed a low-flying pelican and a dropped cell phone for his veering his 2 million-dollar sports car off a road and into a salt marsh near Galveston. The accident happened about 3 p.m. Wednesday on the frontage road of Interstate 45 northbound in La Marque, about 35 miles southeast of Houston.

The Lufkin, Texas, man told of driving his luxury, French-built Bugatti Veyron when the bird distracted him, said La Marque police Lt. Greg Gilchrist. The motorist dropped his cell phone, reached to pick it up and veered off the road and into the salt marsh. The car was half-submerged in the brine about 20 feet from the road when police arrived.

Gilchrist said he doesn't know if the car was salvageable, but in his words, "Salt water isn't good for anything."

House's Bugatti Veyron is said to be one of only 15 in the US. I guess there are just 14 in the States now. He is reported to have paid $1.25 million for the car and is said to own other exotic vehicles while living in a $147,000 home. The car can speed up over 250 mph and is equipped will all sorts of bells and whistles, including four turbochargers and 16 cylinders.

A 2006 Bugatti Veyron was recently offered for sale in Jonesboro, Ark., for $1.25 million. Other vehicles of the same make have sold for up to $2 million.

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