Freak accident: Woman hospitalized after crash at Arland Car Wash in Maryville
A Maryville woman was taken to the hospital after her vehicle fell off a ledge and onto its top when she drove out of the Arland Car Wash at 1106 Foch St. in Maryville Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses said that the driver, identified as Mildred Peters, 69, of Cottage Glen Lane, was leaving after taking her beige Nissan Murano van through the car wash, located near the U.S. 129 Bypass.
Peters was attempting to navigate the exit to the street when she drove off a retaining wall at 3:34 p.m., according to the Maryville Police report. After falling several feet, the vehicle landed on its top in the middle of an access road which runs beside the business.
The Maryville Fire Department, the Maryville Police Department and Rural/Metro Ambulance Service were on the scene at about 3:30 p.m. to assist Peters out of the vehicle.
Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said Peters was not pinned inside the vehicle.
“(She) was not trapped,” Crisp said. “However, she did require assistance being removed from the vehicle due to the fact she was suspended by her seat belt.”
Car wash employees said they did not see the incident occur but captured it on video surveillance.
One witness said she was several cars behind the victim and realized what had happened.
“She just drove over,” she said.
Crisp said Peters did not suffer major injuries, however, she had a laceration on her elbow and was taken via Rural/Metro Ambulance to Blount Memorial Hospital for treatment.