Firefighters manually cut elderly woman out of her car after she backed into a home

Posted at 3:21 PM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 17:01:28-04

The Waco Fire Department responded to a call of an elderly woman who backed her car into a home on Monday morning.

Waco firefighters responded to the 2700 block of Speight Avenue at 9:48 a.m. They arrived to find a car lodged inside of a home.

Firefighters had to manually cut the woman out of the car and carry her out the house.

Richard Lutes lives directly beside the home that was damaged. He said he was sitting in his driveway when the accident happened.

"I heard screeching coming from the street," Lutes said. "It turns out the neighbor had her car in reverse and had floored it and backed into the house."

Lutes immediately called 911 and raced over to help the woman.

"I couldn't see her through the dust on the windshield," Lutes said. "The motor had stopped, but she was trying to restart it. She asked me if she should turn left to get out of the house and I realized she was a little older and may have been having trouble."

Waco firefighters said the woman refused to be transported by ambulance to the hospital. Lutes said she appeared to be fine and that her family stopped by shortly after the accident happened.

"I’m of course grateful it didn’t happen to me, but I am most grateful that she’s okay because what could’ve been a very bad incident, turned out to be one with no injuries and I think that’s the best you can hope for in this situation,” Lutes said.

Lutes said the home is a rental and was empty because the person who was last renting it moved out two weeks ago.

Firefighters assessed the property and handed it over to Waco police who have yet to comment on the incident.

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