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Elderly driver hits 11 parked cars while trying to exit a parking structure

An unidentified woman in her mid 80’s apparently had extreme difficulty exiting a parking structure in Erfurt, Germany last week. Thüringer Allgemeine reports that fortunately, there were no people injured in the catastrophe.

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(Thüringer Allgemeine)

As reported by BBC News, the driver, with her husband in the passenger seat, was reversing out of her parking spot on Thursday afternoon, when she ran into two parked cars. The Local reports that she then drove the car forward, only to hit the two cars in front of her, an Audi A4 and a Mercedes B-Class. The destruction continued as the woman reversed again right into a concrete pillar and a Mercedes-Vito.

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(Thüringer Allgemeine)

When police assessed the situation, they determined that the driver left the parking structure in a panic and swiped a wall, a trash can and several other cars. Before she came to a stand still, the woman had hit 11 cars. All told, authorities estimated that she caused €60,000 (over $82,500) of damage.Thüringer Allgemeine has video of the aftermath you can watch here (in German).

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(Thüringer Allgemeine)

Some of the cars were so wrecked that they needed to be towed out of the structure. However, the tow trucks couldn’t get into the parking garage because of their height, so those vehicles had to be pushed out on special rollers.

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(Thüringer Allgemeine)

The Local notes that the woman’s driver’s license was confiscated.

Videos and more info: Thüringer Allgemeine (German), BBC News, The Local

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