“She had actually crawled out of the vehicle onto the pool cover and was awaiting our arrival on the side of the pool," Melrose Fire Lieutenant Barry Canavan said.
A crane later removed the Toyota. Firefighters said the crash could have been worse if it wasn't for the frozen pool and the cover.
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"The vehicle rested pretty much perfectly onto the inground pool," Canavan said. "Had that pool not been there, she may have gone on further into the neighbor’s yard.”
A construction crew patched up the garage Wednesday afternoon.
The woman, whose name wasn't released, was brought to Massachusetts General Hospital with serious injuries, but she is expected to be OK, fire officials said.