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Driver hospitalized after crashing into Food 4 Less

A woman was rushed to the hospital after she apparently suffered a medical emergency while driving and, causing her to crash into a popular Medford grocery store.

The driver, identified as 68-year-old Jerrie Saewert, needed CPR after her Subaru Outback rammed into a Food 4 Less storage area containing pallets of soft drinks early Saturday afternoon before she was rushed to Providence Medford Medical Center, according to Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Erin Sawall.

The crash occurred at 12:44 p.m. Saturday, according to Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon reports.

Medford police Sgt. Trevor Arnold said Saewert was not conscious and not breathing when she was found inside her vehicle. An officer and a citizen bystander were first to perform CPR.

Medford Fire and Mercy Flights paramedics took over lifesaving efforts before rushing Saewert to Providence in critical condition, according to Sawall. As of a release issued by Medford police at 3:14 p.m., Saewert was still being treated at the hospital.

Crash investigators believe the medical emergency caused the crash.

Aside from the driver, no one else was hurt in the crash that damaged the vehicle’s front end and mirrors.

A towing crew works to remove a Subaru that crashed into Food4Less Saturday afternoon after the driver suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel. Mail Tribune / Nick Morgan