Crashed car nearly ends up in Blue Marsh Lake

Unlicensed woman mistakenly stepped on gas instead of brake, police say

Driver-training goes wrong at Blue Marsh; video report by WFMZ's Alexandra Hogan

PENN TWP., Pa. - As bad as it looked, officials said it could have been far worse.

A woman and her daughter were injured when their car went down an embankment and ended up on its roof on the shore of Blue Marsh Lake.

Map: Accident at Blue Marsh Lake

The accident was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheidy boat ramp off Route 183 in Penn Township, south of Bernville.

The driver, who doesn't have a license, was practicing her driving on the parking lot when she mistakenly stepped on the gas instead of the brake and went down the embankment, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The car came to rest just inches from the water, with the woman and her daughter, the sole passenger, trapped inside the upside-down car.

First responders set up a ladder to reach the car from the parking lot above.

"First thing to do, we stabilized the vehicle checked on patients, made sure they were OK. We had to board one woman. She had minor injuries," said Shawn Wink, Bernville Community Fire Company.

The driver was transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries; the passenger was not seriously hurt and didn't have to go to the hospital, police said.

Citations will be issued, according to police, who did not immediately release the names of those involved.

The accident could have had a much different outcome, according to first responders, who said that the car would have been submerged in the water had Blue Marsh not recently begun to lower the lake to its winter level.

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