Woman flown to hospital after being trapped beneath car in Westminster

A woman was airlifted to Shock Trauma on Monday evening after “a moment of inattention” left her trapped beneath her car in Westminster, the city’s fire company said.

The woman had stopped at Carroll Motor Fuels — on the corner of Washington Road and East Main Street — but did not put her vehicle in park, according to Kevin Dayhoff, a Westminster Volunteer Fire Company spokesman.


She got out of the vehicle, but it moved and knocked her over, trapping her leg, he said. The driver was conscious and alert when responders arrived, Dayhoff said.

The first call came in shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dayhoff said, and the woman was stabilized and in a helicopter by 7:41.

Westminster fire Chief Jason Tyler oversaw the rescue effort, which included the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company’s heavy rescue squad after it was called in to back up the Westminster team, Dayhoff said.

“They responded, set up, stabilized the patient, got her out from underneath the car in that time period,” the public information officer explained.

The accident remains under investigation, he added.

Dayhoff could not speak to the patient’s status after she was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

He said the incident should serve as a reminder to the public to remember to be cautious during the bustling holiday season.

“It’s a really busy time of the year. It’s a time for family, it’s a time for friends,” Dayhoff said. “We just need to be extra careful about safety issues — to pay attention.”