NEW BRIGHTON (KDKA) — A vehicle had to be towed from a wooded area in Beaver County late this morning after it traveled over a hillside.
Officials say the accident happened in the 3200-block of 43rd Street.
Donna McClintock, 77, of North Sewickley, was coming up 43rd Street when she had car trouble. She pulled into the New Brighton High School, but something went seriously wrong and her Ford Escort careened backwards. She crossed the road and endured a 100-foot fall.
Jimmy Kline spotted McClintock and scrambled over the hillside with two other women to see if she was alright.
“After her car went over the hill, she was still hitting the gas trying to go. Like I said, she was really confused,” Kline said.
Several rescue teams arrived at the scene quickly. Firefighters had to hack through thick brush to reach McClintock.
Once the car was stabilized, she was freed and brought up in a Stoke’s Basket. The car was then winched to the top
The woman wasn’t hurt, but was taken to a local hospital to be checked over.
However, McClintock did not want to go to Heritage Valley Medical Center for evaluation. She just celebrated her 77th birthday on Thursday and her doctor recently advised her not to drive.
“Well he stressed it. He said, ‘You probably shouldn’t be driving.’ That’s why she was worried about going to the hospital and getting yelled at,” Officer Alan Shaffer said.
So far, there is no word on what caused the car to go into reverse.
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