DANVERS — An 83-year-old woman wound up dangling upside down by her seat belt but escaped serious injury after the Toyota Camry she was operating hit an SUV, flipped on its roof and came to a rest on a traffic island in front of Danvers Town Hall yesterday afternoon, police said.
Police, an ambulance crew from Lyons Ambulance and firefighters from Engine 3 extricated the woman and placed her on a stretcher for transport to Beverly Hospital after the car wound up on the traffic island, at the intersection of Holten, Sylvan, Ash and Elm streets.
Radio reports and witnesses described the woman as conscious, alert and talking.
Those who were first on scene found her “seat-belted and hanging upside down from her car when we arrived,” said Sgt. William Carleton. “Seat belts save lives,” he added.
Police identified the driver of the Camry as Mary DeLuca, 83, of Danvers. A Beverly Hospital spokesperson said last night DeLuca had already been discharged from the emergency room.
The woman had been heading east on Holten Street in the direction of Sylvan and Elm streets around 2:25 p.m. when the crash occurred. The investigation into the accident and whether any charges might be filed is still ongoing, according to information from Sgt. David Joyce.
The drivers of two other cars involved in the accident said they were not sure how the Camry wound up on its roof. They were not injured. They said the Camry rear-ended a black BMW SUV, which was then pushed into a black Ford Flex first in line at the intersection of Holten and Sylvan streets.
“I was at a stop and Brian (Billert of Danvers) was behind me and we don’t know where she came from,” said Lisa Romano, who was operating a Ford Flex SUV. “She flipped and hit Brian’s car, we can’t figure it out.”