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The 70yearold woman was allegedly attempting to park in a handicap space according to media reports Photo by Thinkstock
<p>The 70-year-old woman was allegedly attempting to park in a handicap space, according to media reports. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p>

Woman Drives Car Through California Planet Fitness Gym, Seriously Injures Four

A 70-year-old woman who was trying to park in a handicap parking spot&nbsp;crashed into the Planet&nbsp;Fitness gym in Torrance, California, on Wednesday.

A Planet Fitness in southern California is temporarily closed after a senior citizen drove her car through the gym's entrance and seriously injured four people, according to multiple media reports.

The crash occurred just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Planet Fitness located on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, according to a KTLA report. The woman, 70, is suspected of accelerating instead of braking while trying to park in a handicap space, according to a Daily Breeze report. Photos of the scene posted on social media showed shattered glass and mangled gym equipment.

"She got out of the car immediately," Katie Nguyen, who was working out at the time of the incident, said in the Daily Breeze report. "She was an elderly lady. She seemed pretty flustered, like she didn't know what happened. She had pretty dark shades on, too, like optometrist's glasses."

Four people were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Torrance police Lt. Robert Watt told the Los Angeles Times. The woman was not injured.

"Our traffic investigators were on scene and will be conducting the investigation as far as what happened," Watt told the Los Angeles Times, adding that drugs and alcohol were not suspected in the incident.

Planet Fitness is actively working with local authorities in response to the "unfortunate accident," the company said in a statement e-mailed to Club Industry on Thursday.

"We are grateful to the first responders who provided immediate assistance, and our thoughts are with those who were injured," the statement read. "The club is temporarily closed and plans to reopen as soon as possible."

Below is a photo of the scene shared by NBC Los Angeles' Beverly White on Twitter:

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