A Chazy woman who suffered a medical condition behind the wheel of her car Tuesday afternoon drove into a barn at North Country Livestock Exchange, killing several calves.
Veronica E. Rushford, 88, was in a 1997 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight sedan, using the drive-through window at TD Bank at 9679 Route 9 at about 11:30 a.m., according to Chazy-based State Police.
Based on eyewitness accounts from a bank teller and a woman in the car behind Rushford, who saw her head suddenly lean back, police said Rushford apparently passed out and pressed the accelerator.
That sent her car through the parking lot and then about a tenth of a mile west on Bank Street before crashing through a garage door of one of the barns at North Country Livestock Exchange.
Rushford’s car struck several calves in the barn, killing two on impact and injuring several others, police said.
Two of the injured calves died from their injuries after the accident, bringing the total loss to four.
Rushford, who was still unconscious after the wreck, was transported by ambulance to CVPH Medical Center for treatment.
Police said Rushford sustained minimal injuries from the accident.
But officials at the hospital said Tuesday she was admitted to the hospital in serious condition, noting her condition was not necessarily related to the accident.
Due to the nature of the accident, police said, Rushford was not ticketed.
North Country Livestock Exchange is owned by John McCraken. His son, John McCraken Jr., arrived after the accident from Vermont.
— Staff Photographer Kelli Catana contributed to this report.