Pamela Edwards, right, crashed into the salon after her foot slipped from the brake to the gas pedal. Hairstylist Debbie Lusk, left, said the crash “almost sounded like a bomb going off.” Mail Tribune / Julia Moore - Julia Moore

A really bad hair day

A woman's car slammed into the side of Jackson Street Salon Tuesday morning after she pulled into a parking space and her foot slipped from the brake to the gas pedal.

The impact broke a window and caused some damage to the interior and exterior. No one was hurt.

Pamela Edwards, 59, was pulling her Toyota Camry into a space for an appointment at the 311 Genessee St. location at about 8:30 a.m. when the crash happened. She is a five-year client of the salon.

"The next thing I knew, I was going through the building," Edwards said. "It happened so quickly."

Two hairstylists and one customer were inside when the car struck. No one was in the front seating area, which was damaged during the impact.

Hairstylist Debbie Lusk was in the back when the accident occurred.

"We heard a boom. It almost sounded like a bomb going off," Lusk said.

Edwards said her first thought following the collision was whether or not she'd hurt anybody.

Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said these types of impacts are not frequent, but not rare, either.

"I'd say that we have something similar to this probably once a month, where we have some vehicle that someone's driving into a parking lot and mistakes the gas pedal for the brake pedal and pushes on it," Hansen said. "We really try to encourage people when they're pulling into a parking lot, be extra special careful. People are walking to their cars, getting out of their cars, backing up."

Edwards said the incident isn't cause for worry during future outings, as she's a cautious driver.

"It was a fluke," she said.

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