Elderly Woman Hurt when Runaway Car Runs Through Izard County Post Office

MARCH 1, 2007 - Posted at 3:02 p.m. CST

MELBOURNE, AR - An elderly Melbourne woman was hurt this morning when another elderly woman lost control of her car, causing it to go through the outer wall of the U.S. Post Office at Melbourne.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says the accident occured at approximately 10:45 a.m. when a car driven by 84-year-old Earline McCollum, also of Melbourne, went through the building's outer wall, entered the post office, and struck 76-year-old Ellen Neeley, pinning her between the vehicle and an interior wall.  Sheriff Lawrence says McCollum apparently temporarily lost consciousness while behind the wheel, leading to the accident.

Lawrence says an air lifeteam was dispatched to the scene with plans to airlift Neeley to the Baxter County Medical Center at Mountain Home.  However, the helicopter's pilot was notified that the Mountain Home facility was not prepared for such an emergency at that time.  The crew then made plans to divert to the White River Medical Center at Batesville, but was given similar news by emergency room officials there.  The paramedic team then tried an alternative plan to fly its patient to Jonesboro for treatment, but weather conditions at the time did not allow for that plan either.  Finally, the crew was able to take the patient to the White County Medical Center at Searcy, where she is hospitalized at this time.