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Driver avoids squirrel, hits tree

Two Austin women were taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin early Saturday morning after their car crashed into a tree.

The driver told police she was traveling west on Sixth Avenue near the intersection of Seventh Street NW when she swerved to miss a squirrel. She lost control of the 1998 Chevy Blazer, and it hit a tree in someone’s yard, according to Police Chief Brian Krueger.

The driver, 35, complained of stomach and abdominal pain after the crash. She was cited for violating an instruction permit before being taken to the hospital, Krueger said. The passenger, 31, was also taken to the medical center because her mouth was bleeding.

The women’s names were not released.