UK woman’s arm ripped off in car window

She tried to shut the window while the car was in gear

A 78-year-old woman had her arm ripped off in a bizarre accident involving the electric window of her car in Hayle, Devon in South Britain.

The mishap occurred when the woman reached into the car to press the window button and when she turned the ignition, not realising the car was in gear, the car lurched forward, trapping her am and ripping it off.

Police said the woman, who has not been identified, suffered “life-changing injuries” in the accident which took place outside a bungalow in Penmare.

Her arm was retrieved and she was airlifted by helicopter to Derriford Hospital, 70 miles away in Plymouth, where surgeons said they hoped to be able to reattach the limb, which was severed above the elbow.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “What appears to have happened is that she leant too close on the electric windows. She turned on the ignition to get the power for the electric windows, but unfortunately, the car was in gear and lurched forward – trapping her hand. In the process of doing that, it has taken her arm off.”