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Woman hospitalized after odd accident
May 31, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer
Investigators blamed the wreck on a medical condition of the driver.
Police say an unusual Wednesday morning car wreck at the Riverton VFW Post 3628 building on West Main Street was the result of a medical issue.
Riverton police Capt. Eric Murphy declined to elaborate on what the medical issue was, but said the 37-year-old Riverton woman involved in the crash was treated and released a few hours after being transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital.
According to the police dispatch log, at 8:17 a.m. on Wednesday, RPD, the Riverton Fire Department and a county ambulance bus responded to the VFW at 1409 W. Main St. concerning the one-vehicle accident.
Murphy said the woman was driving westbound on Main Street in a 2001 Ford Excursion when she veered left, crossing the eastbound lane of traffic before leaving the roadway. The vehicle became wedged in between a flagpole and a star shaped wooden planter that is directly in front of the building on the Main Street side.
"Some how she fit right in between the flagpole and this star flower pot at the VFW ... rubbing up against the building," Murphy said. "I don't know how she missed the building and flagpole."
The vehicle came to rest after it struck a 2-inch natural gas line that leads into the VFW building.
"She hit that gas line, and we were just trying to get her out of there as fast as we could," Murphy said. "She was unresponsive when we got there, but breathing. I did not see cuts or bruises on her."
Murphy said the woman, who was alone in the vehicle, was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
He said there was minor damage to the side of the woman's vehicle. The gas line was damaged.
Riverton Volunteer Fire Department firefighters responded and dealt with the initial gas leak.
Traffic slowed on West Main during the busy morning traffic period. The RPD conducted traffic control as motorists slowed to look at the odd accident scene.