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Woman trapped under her disabled vehicle has died

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SUV crashes after rolling backward while being pushed

Shannon Gales, who was critically injured Thursday night while trying to push her disabled SUV, died Saturday at University Hospital in Louisville.

Kentucky State Police said the 1995 GMC SUV Gales was driving ran out of gas near the 200 block of Larue Lane in Elizabethtown. Gales, 25, and her passenger got out and attempted to push the vehicle to Gales’ mother’s house. Gales’ 2-year-old daughter was strapped in a car seat still inside the vehicle.

At some point, the GMC started to roll backward. The passenger quit pushing as it rolled back; however, Gales kept a grip on the steering wheel in an attempt to stop it from rolling, police said. The vehicle kept rolling, traveled down an embankment and overturned over a culvert. Gales became pinned underneath it as it rolled on top of her, police reported.

KSP was called just before 9 p.m. and troopers arrived within 10 minutes. Trooper Dennis Oldham and Sgt. Jeff Jenkins were able to lift the vehicle off the Elizabethtown woman and administer CPR until an ambulance crew arrived.

Gales was transported to the emergency room at Hardin Memorial Hospital and later was taken to University Hospital in Louisville where she died Saturday. 

Her daughter was uninjured.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Trooper Shannan White is investigating.