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Elderly woman unharmed after spending seven hours trapped in truck

An 87-year-old woman is shaken but unharmed after spending more than seven hours trapped in her vehicle in Maple Bay.

The elderly woman was driving a newer-model Chevy Colorado truck when she went over an embankment and became stuck at about 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were alerted to the crash at about 2:30 p.m., after a Maple Bay resident who lives near the crash site reported the incident.

“Police attended along with other first responders and found the 87-year-old female still trapped,” Const. Markus Lueder said.

“The elderly woman was very confused and disoriented but did not appear to have suffered any injuries in the crash.”

She was taken to Cowichan District Hospital for evaluation.

“Cause of the crash,” added Lueder, “was likely driver error when trying to turn her vehicle around near the embankment.”

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