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Runaway jeep nearly plows into St Marys town hall

A runaway vehicle almost plowed into the St Marys Town Hall.

The Perth County OPP was called out Tuesday afternoon.

A 34-year-old woman had parked her Jeep on Queen Street East and was walking away when she noticed it roll away.

It did a U-turn curve in the middle of the Church Street North intersection.

The vehicle jumped the curb and came to rest against the bushes in front of the town hall.

There were no other vehicles involved and no one was injured.

The Jeep sustained minor rear end damage.

Motorists are reminded to follow these steps when parking on hills or inclines:

When parking facing downhill, turn your front wheels towards the curb or right shoulder. This will keep the vehicle from rolling into traffic if the brakes become disengaged

Turn the steering wheel to the left so the wheels are turned towards the road if you are facing uphill with a curb. The tires will catch the curb if it rolls backward.

When facing uphill without a curb, turn the wheels sharply to the right. If the vehicle rolls, it will go off the road rather than into traffic.

When parking on a hill, always set the parking brake and move the gear selector into park, or shift into first or reverse gear if your vehicle has a manual transmission. Turn off the engine and remove the key. Check for traffic before opening the door and remember to lock your vehicle.

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