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Car driven into crowd in Ohio probably an accident

LIMA, Ohio - A woman who suddenly drove her car into a crowded town square, injuring dozens, probably did so accidentally, authorities in northwest Ohio said Sunday.

All indications are that the 63-year-old woman unintentionally drove her vehicle into the crowd Friday night, Lima police Sergeant Jason Garlock said. About 30 people were injured, and some were pinned under the car and freed when bystanders lifted it.

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Garlock said the woman, whom police have not identified, was briefly detained but was not arrested. She was not injured in the crash, and has been released pending further investigation. No charges have been filed, but that could change after witnesses are interviewed and a toxicology report is completed, said Garlock. He said both could take weeks.

The accident happened in Lima, about 80 miles south of Toledo. More than 1,000 people had gathered for a weekly community event featuring live music when witnesses say the woman plowed her car through a group of people trying to get their last round of beer for the night. About 50 people were in and around its path.

The car finally stopped when it struck an old sculpture in the square, witnesses said. Some victims suffered serious injuries to their legs, heads, and necks, none of them life-threatening, police said. A spokeswoman with St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima said two of four remaining patients had been released as of Sunday afternoon.

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