Elderly woman hospitalized after vehicle flips in ditch
ELLINGTON TWP. — An 85-year-old woman suffered minor injuries Thursday afternoon after the Chrysler PT Cruiser she was driving went off the road and into a ditch. At about 1:12 p.m. Thursday, emergency services personnel responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch near the intersection of Colwood and George roads in Ellington Township. They arrived to find a burnt orange PT Cruiser upside down with a woman trapped inside.
First responders, including personnel from the Caro Police Department, Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office and Caro Fire Department worked to free the woman from the vehicle. The approximately 10 responders then used a ramp to slide her up the side of the ditch, where she was placed on a gurney and taken to a local hospital by Mobile Medical Response.
The woman – the vehicle’s only occupant – told responders her arm hurt, according to police on scene, who added that the trip to the hospital was a precautionary measure. The PT Cruiser was the only vehicle involved in the crash, and investigators were attempting to piece together what happened. What’s known is the driver was heading north on Colwood Road, about a mile north of M-81. What’s not is how she ended up in the ditch along George Road.
Colwood Road runs north to south. George Road begins at Colwood and goes to the northeast. Vehicles on George Road must stop at a stop sign but there is no stop sign on Colwood. The PT Cruiser veered off Colwood to the right just beyond George, taking out a street sign in the process. The ditch in which the vehicle ended up runs along the north side of George Road. There is no ditch east of Colwood Road. It was not immediately clear if the driver was attempting to turn right on George, which is a dirt road.