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Woman drives Mercedes 70 mph down Verdugo Wash

Woman drives Mercedes down Verdugo Wash
Police and fire crews are trying to remove a Mercedes sedan from the concrete-lined portion of the Verdugo Wash after an elderly woman apparently got confused and mistook it for an entrance to a freeway.

The woman apparently drove into the wash at Glenoaks Boulevard and Kenilworth Road in Glendale about 11 a.m. She drove through the water and several stopped portions of the channel while reaching speeds of about 70 mph, officials said.

The woman finally stopped near San Fernando Road after being hailed down by maintenance workers, who she whizzed past at freeway speeds, police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told the Glendale News-Press.

"Right now it's unexplainable," he said.

The woman, whose identity and age were not immediately available, was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

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-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Photo: Rescuers tend to a woman who managed to drive her Mercedes down a concrete-lined portion of the Verdugo Wash on Thursday. Credit: Raul Roa / Times Community News

 
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