Ballston car accident, fire kills woman

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A 74-year-old woman died Wednesday morning when her car hit a gas line and ignited while driving out of the underground garage at the Hilton Hotel in Ballston, police say.

Firefighters survey the scene near the car fire in Arlington. (Photo: Gail Huff/ABC7)

Arlington Police say that Adele Lapinell of Annandale was the only person in the vehicle when her car drove into a corner wall of an underground parking garage at about 8:30 a.m. The car struck a barrier to a natural gas line, which ignited.

Preliminary details indicate that the accident was caused by a medical issue, police say.


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