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Runaway car crashes into home

TEXAS CITY — Wooden fences, a utility shed and the side of a single-story house proved little resistance for a runaway Lincoln Town Car, which finally stopped inside a Texas City woman’s bedroom.

Mary Gamble, who’s lived in the 200 block of Sparrow Way for 44 years, said her grandson was in a different room at 10:13 a.m. Thursday when the Lincoln crashed, wrecking her recent remodeling job.

“I just put about $60,000 worth of work in this house,” Gamble said. “My grandson was here, and he had to climb out the bathroom window.”

The car’s driver, an 85-year-old woman, escaped serious injury. The Lincoln was so far inside the house that a tow truck had to partially pull it from the debris inside so firefighters could free the driver from the wreckage. An ambulance took her to Mainland Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, Texas City police Sgt. Curtiss Pope said.

A witness told police the car was traveling west on Park Avenue before it crossed North Fulton Street and entered a yard. The driver told police she remembered the car accelerating rapidly and being unable to stop.

“The officer’s opinion was as she approached the stop sign, she inadvertently hit the gas instead of the brake, panicked and pressed harder,” Pope said. “There were no signs of braking at all.”

Police are unsure if the incident was the result of a medical issue, Pope said.

The car jumped a curb, clipped the corner of a wooden fence and continued west in a grassy, vacant lot before striking Gamble’s backyard fence.

The car then hit the corner of Gamble’s shed, a deck and slammed through the house’s siding before barreling into the bedroom closet and damaging the hallway.

A tow-truck operator gently winched the car into the backyard. The operator and police collected Gamble’s belongings — such as a full-length dress that was still on the hanger — from the Lincoln’s grill and engine compartment.

Gamble said she was insured.

“I hope they have insurance on that car, too,” Gamble said.

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