HARRISONBURG — A man was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center after crashing his newly purchased vintage car Saturday afternoon.

At about 1:30 p.m. at Bowman Auctions, an auction house off South High Street, a man lost control of a 1932 Ford T-Bucket, crashing it into the rear quarter of a rollback tow truck when trying to load the vehicle, said Lt. Pete Ritchie of the Harrisonburg Police Department.

Ritchie said Saturday evening he did not know what caused the crash or the identity of the man. Ritchie said he was likely in his 70s.

On Sunday, the Harrisonburg Police Department did not have more information on the man’s identity or status.

First responders took the man in an ambulance to Harrisonburg High School, Ritchie said, where he was airlifted by medical helicopter and flown to Charlottesville with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

While the damage to the rollback was minimal, Ritchie said, the man crashed “with enough force to cause considerable damage” to the car.

Jodi Cyzick, general manager of Bowman Auctions, said the man bought the vintage car for $18,000 earlier Saturday before crashing it.

Cyzick said she was “heartbroken” and that there had never been a similar accident at Bowman Auctions before.

“We’re in shock,” she said. “It was shocking.”

Contact Ellie Potter at 574-6286 or epotter@dnronline.com

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