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A local woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after her SUV flipped over and landed on an embankment off Route 10.
According to police, at approximately 11 a.m., Dorothy Anthony, 69, of Cheshire dropped her husband off at an office located at 415 Highland Ave., for a medical visitation, when she attempted to park her black Acura MDX in a parking space next to the building. However, instead of pressing her foot to the brake, Anthony accidentally hit the gas pedal, sending her SUV careening over a small embankment lined with trees, and into the adjacent property — formerly occupied by Stoneworks, LLC. The car flipped over and landed on its side halfway up the embankment, trapping Anthony inside.
Approximately 15 firefighters, along with several police officers, responded to the scene and extracted Anthony from her vehicle.
After 20 minutes, Anthony was freed from the vehicle as firefighters pulled her through the hatchback area of her car.
Anthony did not sustain any major injuries, but she was taken to Bradley Memorial Hospital and Health Center in Southington for further examination.
Lt. Joseph Mazzini stated that Anthony was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and that safety precaution may have saved her from serious injury, or even death.
Mazzini also credited advances in vehicle safety as another reason why Anthony was able to escape a serious accident with only minor injuries.
“The new technology is night and day compared to what it was years ago,” said Mazzini. “It really helps to protect people.”