WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A woman and child were taken to the hospital after their car crashed through a fence and down an embankment in Winston-Salem on Friday.
“Apparently she went up over the curb, hit the fence, the fence gave way and then the car nosed in,” said Bill Adams, owner of the nearby Golden Apple.
Police said the car fell about 25 feet into the storm drainage collection area off the 3400 block of Robinhood Road shortly before 10 a.m.
Police said the driver of the car, 72-year-old Rajakshimi Dubey, was trapped in the vehicle, but her 10-year-old grandson was able to get out.
“When we got up there the grandchild was out of the vehicle and said that the grandmother was stuck,” said Adams.
Multiple units from the Winston Salem Police Department, Winston Salem Fire Department and Forsyth County EMS worked to free the victim from the car, according to police.
The victim and her grandson were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and are being treated for minor injuries.
Preliminary indications suggest that Dubey accelerated as she was pulling into a parking spot.
“It was a little bit surreal. Something you don’t see every day. You know, you see cars that are being towed and towed off the highway, but to see a car lifted out of a 20-foot ravine like that is very unusual,” said Joe Peele, Executive Director of the Robinhood YMCA.
Speed or alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the incident.
YMCA officials say they do not own the area where the accident happened, but the property owner was on scene trying to figure out a way to make sure nothing like this happens again.