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Woman hurt when car crashes at Norton High School

By Doug Livingston
Beacon Journal education writer

NORTON: It was the worst possible time to crash a vehicle at Norton High School.

During the five-minute window when students empty into the parking lot Thursday afternoon, the mother of a junior drove her four-door sedan into a guardrail surrounding a stairwell at the high school.

“The timing was about as bad of timing as you can have. The end result was at least positive in that no one was hurt,” Norton High School Principal Ryan Shanor said. “She did a great job not hitting anybody because it was right at dismissal.”

No one was injured, including the driver and an older daughter in the car.

Air bags deployed upon impact, noticeably rattling the driver, Shanor said. He added that had the driver hit the school directly, “she would have put a hole in the building at the speed she was going.”

The principal said the driver told him that the vehicle’s “accelerator got stuck and [she] couldn’t stop.”

Firefighters had to help free the woman from the crumpled car.

Shanor said an ambulance took the parent away for treatment.

Police said the crash is under investigation. Authorities said the woman’s injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Doug Livingston can be reached at 330-996-3792 or


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