Security gate crushes Jaguar in parking garage

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SAN DIEGO – The driver of a Jaguar needed to be rescued after her car became trapped underneath a security gate in Mission Valley Tuesday, fire officials said.

It took emergency crews about an hour to free a motorist who got trapped in her Jaguar when an automated security gate came down on the sedan at the entrance to a parking structure at a Mission Valley condominium complex.

Firefighters had to carefully cut the gate off the hood and windshield of the car and use hydraulic rescue equipment to cut and pry apart the crumpled body of the vehicle enough to get the driver out, said Capt. Joe Amador of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The unidentified woman, who was conscious during the noontime ordeal in the 2000 block of Camino de la Reina, was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital for treatment of apparently non-life-threatening injuries, the fire captain said.

UPDATE on  11/16/2015: An accident investigation by the California Highway Patrol determined that the driver of the Jaguar accelerated into the gate before it had completely opened, wedging her car into the gate and causing major damage to her car and the gate. The CHP classified the cause of the accident as “improper driving.”