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Emergency responders helped to free a Fort Lawn woman Tuesday, Jan. 1, moments after the car she was driving flipped onto its side in front of Lancaster’s Walmart Supercenter on S.C. 9 Bypass West.
The accident happened at about 1:45 p.m. on New Year’s Day as the woman was driving east in the store’s parking lot toward the building, according to a Lancaster Police Department traffic collision report.
The woman told responding officers the accelerator of her 2002 Honda stuck, causing her to run over a curb near the entrance and strike a “no- parking” sign pole.
The car then rolled onto its passenger side, trapping the woman inside, the report said.
The car remained flipped on its side, near the grocery side of the store, as city police and firefighters responded to the scene.
After bracing the car, Lancaster Fire Department first responders freed the woman by mechanical means, the report said.
She was then taken by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital with “incapacitating” injuries, though she was treated and released the same day, said Springs Memorial Hospital spokeswoman Ashley Shannon.
Officers noted in the report that the weather was rainy at the time of the accident and also said the driver was driving too fast for conditions.
Damage to the car was severe and it was listed in the report as totaled. Police also wrote in the report that the accelerator was no longer stuck once the car was rolled back onto its tires.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416