Car ends up in pond at Bury St Edmunds hospital

One driver found an unusual parking spot outside a Bury St Edmunds hospital yesterday.

Two women, believed to be in their 70s, were rescued from the car after it plunged into an ornamental pond at the BMI St Edmunds Hospital, in St Mary's Square.

The 6ft-deep pond has a metal safety mesh but the blue Toyota Corolla was still left partly submerged and the water went up to the level of the car's windows.

The women were unable to leave the car and fire crews had to be called to rescue them. The duo suffered only minor injuries and were taken to the town's West Suffolk Hospital.

The driver told firefighters she panicked after reversing into a post and put her foot on the accelerator.

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Peter Lord, executive director at the hospital, said: 'Someone on reception heard a noise and looked out to find a car in the pond and called the emergency services. Our clinical teams came rushing out to reassure the passenger and driver.'

A Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said they had put a floating pontoon under the vehicle to retrieve it.

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