Man rescued after becoming trapped at Montgomery County car wash

The driver was trapped for about 90 minutes before he was rescued around 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Man rescued after becoming trapped at Montgomery County car wash
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Officials say the man in his 70s was in his vehicle when he apparently hit the gas, causing the car to flip onto its side.

COLMAR, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- A man was rescued Tuesday afternoon after he became trapped at a Montgomery County car wash.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. at the Wave Car Wash located on the 200 block of Bethlehem Pike in Colmar.

Officials say the 77-year-old man was in his vehicle when he apparently hit the gas, causing the car to flip onto its side.

The man was trapped for about 90 minutes before he was rescued around 3:45 p.m.

Action News is told the victim was talking to rescuers.

He was taken to an area hospital for injuries to his leg, but he is expected to survive.

Colmar resident Bill Ashmead was trying to get his car washed when he pulled up to the scene and heard what happened.

"I can't even imagine the process of having a car turn over inside a car wash," said Ashmead. "I don't think it's ever happened before."

An employee at Wave Car Wash tells Action News the small business is devastated. A worker was nearby when the man floored his car into the building.

Several pieces of machinery were destroyed.

According to a social media post by the business, they will be temporarily closed until repairs are complete.

"Didn't expect that the reason for it to be closed. Like, it's so unbelievable," said customer Lisette Benitez of Hatfield, Pa.