February 11, 2009
Woman rescued from car wash strangling
A Massachusetts car wash employee said a customer came to her rescue when her scarf became tangled in machinery and started strangling her.
Stephanie Carpluk, 19, said her scarf got caught on a spinning scrubber brush while she was working alone Sunday at the Golden Nozzle car wash in Easthampton, Mass., WCVB-TV, Boston, reported Wednesday.Carpluk lost consciousness as the scarf tightened around her neck and car wash customer John O'Leary jumped from his vehicle inside the wash and cut through the scarf with a pocket knife. O'Leary said he used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive Carpluk.
I didn't know what to think. I was just scared. I didn't know what the outcome was going to be. I started hearing little things like, 'You're breathing. You're going to be alright. You're back, just stay with me, stay with me,' Carpluk told WCVB-TV.
Carpluk was taken to the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., and was released Tuesday. Doctors expect her to make a full recovery, the television station reported.