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Woman injured in bizarre accident

Saturday, 11th January, 2014

The force of impact pushed one parked car onto another. PICTURES: Michael Murphy The force of impact pushed one parked car onto another. PICTURES: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

A 75-year-old woman was rushed to hospital after she accidentally crashed into three cars at the Centro Westside shopping centre about 10am yesterday.

Local man Craig Milton was filling up his car at the Woolworths Service Station and witnessed the accident.

“I was just filling the car up and I realised that the woman next to me was having trouble starting the car,” Mr Milton said at the scene.

“The next thing I know she was half in half out of the car and it started, revving the hell out of it, and she jumped in and it just took off.”

The out-of-control car, a Ford station wagon fitted with a bullbar, side-swiped another car at the service station before shooting over two shrubs and smashing into another two parked cars in the carpark.

The car came to rest in the Centro carpark behind McDonalds, about 40 metres from the Service Station.

“There was nothing that anyone could do about it,” Mr Milton said. “Thankfully no one was injured or killed.”

“I believe the lady is OK, but she would be awfully shaken I’d say.”

Mr Milton said he believed there was something wrong with the car.

Police were investigating the cause of the crash.

Broken Hill Fire Station Officer Matt Hunter said his crew provided initial first aid to the woman before the paramedics arrived to assess her.

“Under the direction of the police, we removed the driver’s side door to help remove the lady from vehicle,” SO Hunter said. “The main reason we had to cut the car was because the driver’s side door was wedged shut,” he said.

The woman was removed from the wreck in about 20 minutes and taken to hospital.

A hospital spokesperson said the woman was still being treated in the emergency department at the hospital late yesterday afternoon and that she was in a stable condition.

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