Pamela Edwards, 59, said she was pulling her Toyota Camry into a parking spot at Jackson Street Salon this morning when her foot slipped off the brake and onto the gas pedal, sending her car smashing through the door. - Mail Tribune / Julia Moore

No one injured when car crashes into salon

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

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

Pamela Edwards, 59, was pulling her Toyota Camry into a space for an appointment at salon at 311 Genessee St. at about 8:30 a.m. when the incident 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 hairdressers and one customer were inside when the car struck. Debbie Lusk was in the back. No one sat in the front seating area, which was damaged during the impact.

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

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

Medford police agree her foot slipped from brake to gas, causing the sudden acceleration and impact.

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 in to 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.

— Ryan Pfeil

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