Woman's car runs her down at Warrnambool car wash | Photos

A WOMAN in her 60s suffered head injuries after she was run down by her own vehicle at a Warrnambool car wash on Wednesday morning.

A couple was vacuuming their maroon Ford Laser sedan just after noon when the vehicle, which was still running, was inadvertently put in reverse.

The woman was smashed by the passenger door as the car careered backwards, knocking down a steel post in the car wash garden before crashing through a brick fence and finishing at the neighbouring motel office door.

Warrnambool police Sergeant Dale Barclay said the couple was vacuuming the vehicle at the business, just east of the intersection of Raglan Parade and Jamieson Street, when the car was knocked into gear and spun around in a semi-circle.

"The woman was flicked back by the door and has suffered head injuries," he said.

Witness Rebecca Medley said she was walking down the street when she saw the vehicle crash through the brick fence.

"It was a bit surprising. I hope the woman is all right. She wasn't moving much," she said.

Down Town Motel owner Anthony Purcell said he and his wife Glynis were out the front of the motel only minutes before the accident as staff knocked off work.

"Then we were out the back when I heard this almighty bang. I thought the bins must have been getting emptied," he he said.

Ambulance officers and police arrived on the scene after and the woman was taken to hospital.

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