COLUMBIA — A woman drove her car over an embankment Thursday morning, according to a news release from the Columbia Fire Department.
Firefighters arrived at 1506 Chapel Hill Road and encountered a red Toyota sedan about 35 feet down a brush-covered embankment at the edge of a parking lot, the release stated. A tree had prevented the car from falling the remaining 75 feet to the bottom of the embankment.
Firefighters removed the woman from the car while stabilizing it with a steel cable.
The 74-year-old woman, the only person in the car, was placed in a stretcher but declined medical treatment. She told firefighters she was wearing her seat belt.
In the release, the department reminded all Columbia residents to wear their seat belts to protect themselves in the event of a crash.
The Columbia Police Department is investigating the cause of the accident.