Two passengers in a van were injured Monday afternoon on Shatto Road, when the driver hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and the vehicle careened backward over a steep embankment plowing into trees.


Two passengers in a van were injured Monday afternoon on Shatto Road, when the driver hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and the vehicle careened backward over a steep embankment plowing into trees.

According to the report of Sgt. Jim Bare of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Colleen Martin, 47, was backing her 2000 Dodge van out of her driveway about one mile out Shatto Road off Route 33, east of Ripley, around 2:45 p.m., when passenger Vickie Lively, 51, warned her that a dog was in her path. Martin accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and the vehicle shot backward across Shatto Road and over a steep embankment. The van plowed into trees and lodged there on the steep precipice.

When Lively climbed out of the van, she fell down the embankment and was injured. Responding Ripley firemen had to hoist Lively up the slope on a backboard using ropes.  Another passenger Jason Martin, 29, was also injured in the mishap.

Both Lively and Jason Martin were transported to Jackson General Hospital for treatment.