Kansas Woman Drives Car Up Stairs, Hits Building, Rolls Over

TOPEKA, Kan. — A woman escaped serious injury Wednesday evening during a wild ride in which she accidentally applied the accelerator instead of her brakes and went up a small flight of stairs before ultimately coming to rest upside down.

First responders were sent about 6:50 p.m. to the 1100 block of S.E. Washington on a report of a single-vehicle rollover.

Topeka police first to the location found a black four-door passenger car on its top in the grass next to a parking lot for Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 S.E. Washington.

A Topeka police officer said the woman was attempting to park in a stall on the east side of the church when she accidentally hit the gas pedal. The vehicle went over a concrete parking block, up a flight of concrete stairs and crashed into the building before rolling off the side of the steps and onto its top.

The officer said the woman suffered “very minor” injuries. She was being treated by American Medical Response ambulance personnel.

Her name wasn’t immediately available, and it wasn’t known if she was going to be taken to a hospital for further treatment.

The wreck’s location was just south of S.E. 10th and Adams.