Berlin - An 80-year-old woman took an unintended short cut as she tried to drive her car out of a multi-story car park in western Germany, breaking though the building's wall and landing on a convertible parked 3 metres below.
Police said that neither the driver nor her 85-year-old husband, who was standing next to the car at the time, was hurt in the accident in Bottrop on Monday.
It happened as the driver was trying to maneuvre her Mazda3 hatchback out of a parking space and instead of reversing out of the bay she hit the building’s outside wall and broke right through it.
The fire service used a ladder to free the woman from her car. Police say the accident caused damage of about 25,000 euros ($27,900).
Although the exact cause of the accident remains unconfirmed, the logical conclusion is that she accidentally engaged first gear instead of reverse and then accelerated too hard.
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