MATTOON -- An injured driver was pulled out her burning sport utility vehicle Wednesday night after the vehicle struck an electrical utility pole.

The Mattoon Police Department reported that the driver, Olivia R. Parcells of Mattoon, was injured in a collision at approximately 10:20 p.m. on the 500 block of Lafayette Avenue. The collision resulted in downed power lines falling across her vehicle, a 2019 Jeep Renegade, which caught on fire.

An emergency medical services crew and others at the scene reported that they had pulled the driver from this vehicle while it was on fire. They reported that no one else had been in the vehicle when they removed the driver.

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A Mitchell-Jerdan Ambulance Service crew took Parcells to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center for treatment of injuries, and Mattoon Fire Department personnel extinguished the vehicle fire.

Parcells later told police that she was on her way back home after getting food when she must have had a seizure, noting that she has had seizures in the past. Parcells said she remembers being at the Lafayatte Avenue East and Odd Fellow Road stop sign, but does not remember anything afterwards until waking up in the hospital.

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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