PITTSBURG (BCN) — A 47-year-old Pittsburg woman was in critical condition at a local hospital Wednesday after her car fell on her while she was underneath it trying to repair it, a Pittsburg police lieutenant said.
The woman was driving with her 12-year-old son on Riverview Drive near Lorraine Avenue in Pittsburg around 8:15 a.m. when her car started having trouble.
Apparently the car had a recurring problem, and the woman had come prepared to deal with it, Lt. Brian Addington said.
She stopped, jacked up the car, and put it on some blocks so she could crawl underneath and fix it.
While she was under the car, however, it somehow came off the blocks and pinned her underneath. The weight of the car apparently compressed her chest and prevented her from being able to breathe, Addington said.
A citizen saw what was happening and ran to help.
He was able to jack up the car and pull the woman out, Addington said. By that time, paramedics had arrived and began providing help as well.
The woman was transported to John Muir Medical Center in Concord, where she was listed in critical condition.
It was unknown Wednesday afternoon whether she was expected to survive, Addington said.
The woman’s son was not hurt.
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