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Jason Pence, second from right, explains the plan to remove a car from a home on Old Valley Pike on Tuesday.

EDINBURG — No one was injured when a woman drove her car into a home off Old Valley Pike on Tuesday afternoon.

Bill Streett, the Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue deputy chief of operations, said a call came in just after 1 p.m. that a car had struck a home. Donna Hinkley was driving north on Old Valley Pike when she went off the road, traveled through a small field and into the home.

No one was home when the car crashed into the home, and Hinkley was the only person in the car, Streett said. Fire and rescue members removed Hinkley from the vehicle once they arrived on the scene, he said.

Medical personnel evaluated Hinkley and determined she did not have any injuries, Streett said. Hinkley refused further medical treatment.

Streett said he couldn’t estimate what the damages to the home cost but said the house was “uninhabitable.”

“They’ll get renovation crews and construction crews out here to repair the damages,” Streett said.

“The main thing we had to do was stabilize the house prior to removing the vehicle because it did strike some load-bearing walls inside,” Streett said. “Right now, we’re working with the building inspectors office to determine what shoring we need to leave in place to keep the building safe and what we can take with us.”

Extracting the car from the home was a delicate business. Jason Pence and Bruce Riffey, operators with Valley Towing, wrested the car from the living room, through a room on the side of the house and onto a flatbed. Throughout the process, Pence called on fire and rescue volunteers to keep a close eye on the walls and chimney to make sure the structure didn’t give way when the car was removed.

Craig Cline, a trooper with Virginia State Police, said he charged Hinkley with one count of failing to maintain control-reckless driving.

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