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article imageWrong pedal sends car from 2nd floor parking down to the street

By Anne Sewell     Sep 10, 2014 in Technology
Las Tablas - A Madrid woman driver hit the accelerator instead of the brake Monday, sending her car through the second-floor wall of a parking garage and down to the street. The car landed on its roof in the street below, crushing two other cars in its wake.
The incident occurred at around 13:40 p.m. in an office complex in Calle Isabel Colbrand in Las Tablas, north of the city of Madrid. The 37-year-old woman told the media that she stalled her vehicle while on the ramp at the parking garage at lunchtime. She then panicked after restarting the car, and according to The Local and 20 Minutos (Spanish language), put down her foot on the accelerator instead of the brake. The car then went through the wall and fell approximately five meters to the street below.
However, the Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo (in Spanish) reported that the brakes of the car had failed, causing her to be unable to stop the vehicle.
Whatever the cause, the car landed on its roof down below, wheels in the air. Fortunately the woman was saved by her car's airbag and was only slightly injured. Firefighters who had been sent to the scene were not required to free her from the wreck. The woman was treated for an anxiety attack and minor bruises on the scene and paramedics then took her to the Hospital de La Paz for a precautionary examination.
Witnesses to the accident and the Spanish media shared several photos on Twitter, showing the car on its roof where it landed in the street.
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