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Car Drives Through Carport Wall and Overturns

Post Date:06/16/2014 11:22 AM

Contact: Captain Patrick Halleran (650) 595-7430

An elderly Belmont woman escaped injury Sunday morning, when she drove through the back wall of a carport, falling to the hillside below.

On Sunday morning at approx. 10:05AM Belmont Police and Fire units responded to a report of a vehicle into a structure in the 1200 block of Chula Vista Drive.  Upon arrival, emergency personnel found the driver, an 89 year-old woman who lives at the residence, already out of the overturned car.  She was checked at the scene by Belmont Fire Department paramedics and found to be unhurt.

The woman was pulling into the carport of her home in the Belmont hills, when she apparently pressed the accelerator instead of the brake.  The woman's 2005 Subaru sedan struck a refrigerator that was against the back wall of the carport and both the refrigerator and the vehicle went through the wall, falling approximately 8 to 10 feet to the hillside below.  The vehicle landed on its roof and the woman was able to crawl out of the car before emergency personnel arrived.

It took tow trucks approximately five hours to remove the vehicle from the hillside.

03. View from Carport    06. View from hill looking back 

Scenes from Sunday's accident on Chula Vista Drive

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