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Kingsport woman injured when vehicle goes over embankment

January 8th, 2007 8:21 pm by BECKY CAMPBELL

KINGSPORT - A city animal control officer extinguished a vehicle fire after the driver ran her car off the road and down an embankment.

Kingsport Animal Control Officer Charles Clonce was in the area and arrived before other rescue personnel, according to Kingsport Police Department Patrolman Dale Farmer.

The vehicle's engine was on fire, and Clonce put it out with a fire extinguisher.

When firefighters arrived, the fire had ignited again.

Farmer said charges are pending against the woman, Mary Lou Ramsey, 53, Kingsport, because police believe she had been drinking.

"It's our opinion that alcohol was involved," Farmer said.

Ramsey was admitted to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of "pretty significant" internal injuries, Farmer said.

Ramsey was on her way to get her vehicle's oil changed Monday about 9:30 a.m. when she missed a curve on Clinchfield and ran off the road and down an embankment at Clinchfield and Lovedale streets.

Farmer said it appeared that Ramsey was driving at a slow speed but missed the curve.

Emergency responders had to extricate Ramsey from her Subaru Outback as it lay on its side.

Extrication took nearly 30 minutes because the car had to be stabilized before workers could begin cutting away the wreckage.

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