Mercedes written off after 85 year old mixes up accelerator and brake

Mercedes-written-off-after-85-year-old-mixes-up-accelerator-and-brakeAn 85-year old woman completely destroyed her Mercedes after accidently hitting the accelerator instead of the brake.

The saloon was stacked into a tree at the pensioner’s golf club, crushing the bonnet completely. An off duty nurse put a tourniquet on the elderly woman’s leg before fire-fighters arrived at the golf club in Stourbridge, West Midlands.

The rescuers had to use cutting equipment to remove the vehicle’s roof and rescue the driver. It took almost an hour for her to be freed. She was subsequently taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was treated for a number of broken bones.

Phil Deeley, watch commander at Stourbridge Fire Station, said: ‘She’d got out of the car to swipe the barrier to get into the car park.

‘But when she got back into the vehicle again, instead of putting her foot on the brake, she mistakenly hit the accelerator and the car shot off.

‘It hit a tree in the car park, trapping her inside.

‘Access was difficult because the car was very close to a lamp post, so, due to her injuries, we completely removed the roof.’

Mr Deeley said the victim was ‘lucky’ she was not more seriously injured.

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