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Bradford City Fire and Police departments responded to a crash at the BRMC parking lot Friday morning where one person was struck by a vehicle.

A Bradford Regional Medical Center employee was injured when he was struck by a vehicle that backed over the sidewalk and into the stone and brick sign for the Hamsher House on the North Bennett Street side of the hospital Friday morning.

According to Bradford City Police Chief Mike Ward, at 9:44 a.m. Friday, a woman was attempting to park her vehicle in the lot near the North Bennett Street entrance to BRMC. The driver shifted into reverse and hit the gas instead of the brake, and her vehicle shot backwards, hitting two parked vehicles and backing between both, and then onto the sidewalk, over the BRMC employee who was walking on the sidewalk at the time and then into the sign for the Hamsher House.

The vehicle was stopped by the sign, and did not hit the hospital itself, Ward said.

The vehicle, Ward said, ran over the legs and lower torso of the pedestrian on the sidewalk. As of 2 p.m. Friday, he was being treated for his injuries at BRMC. Janene Coldren, spokesperson for BRMC, said Friday afternoon that the man was flown via air ambulance to UPMC Hamot.

Ward said the pedestrian’s injuries were not life-threatening.

A woman was attempting to get in on the passenger side of one of the parked vehicles, and when the accident occurred, her vehicle was shoved into her, Ward explained. She was evaluated, but refused medical treatment, the chief explained.

The driver of the vehicle was shaken up, but refused medical treatment.

Ward said the accident is still under investigation, but appeared to be caused by driver’s error.

“We see this more often than not in these types of situations, when a person realizes they hit the gas instead of the brake, they panic and push the pedal harder,” the chief explained.

One week ago, the same type of accident took place on Main Street in Bradford when an SUV backed into a vacant storefront. No one was injured in that crash.

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