A Massachusetts woman narrowly escaped serious injury after a GMC Sierra 1500 slammed into her car while she was parked in a car wash bay.
According to Boston CBS affiliate WBZ 4, a floormat become lodged underneath the gas pedal of the GMC Sierra while the driver was cleaning it, causing it to accelerate backward toward a row of car wash bays at a high rate of speed. The car then impacted a Ford Focus while the owner was inside. She was allegedly in the front seat when the truck began accelerating toward her and jumped in the backseat just before the truck hit her vehicle.
The truck became lodged on top of the focus, trapping the Focus owner in the backseat. Neither the driver of the Sierra 1500 nor the Focus were injured in the ordeal, a fact which onlookers and the police are calling a miracle.
“Considering the significant damage to the vehicles involved it is remarkable that no one was seriously injured in this incident,” said Taunton, Massachusetts Police Chief Edward Walsh. “We are grateful that everyone is OK.”
Not only were the drivers of the Sierra and Focus lucky to be uninjured, a Middleboro, Massachusetts man was standing in front of the car washing it when the GMC Sierra began accelerating backward toward him, but he was able to get out of the way.
Nicole Teles, the manager of the car wash the accident occurred at, warned customers to ensure trash and other items are always cleared away from their vehicle’s pedals.
“You’ve also got to make sure they’re in place right and clipped. Not moving. Sometimes you have to check underneath and make sure you don’t have any rubbish or anything like that gets caught up in the pedals. It’s just so important,” Teles said.
Footage of the crash, taken from security cameras at the car wash, can be seen in the news report embedded below.
Source: WBZ 4