Woman attacked by raccoons in Madison County

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MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A trip to the grocery store took an unusual turn for a Madison County woman.

After making a stop on the way home, she got back into her van only to find a couple of burglars inside-- but these burglars aren't who you're thinking.

We’re always told to keep our cars locked with the windows rolled up to prevent predators from stealing our stuff. But on Saturday, Patty Sanders didn't follow proper protocol.

“I had left my driver’s window down because it was so nice outside Saturday night,” Sanders told WKYT on Tuesday.

After stopping by her neighbors, Sanders got back into her car and quickly realized she wasn't the only one in there.

“My first thought was that there’s something wild in here with me and I don’t know what it is.”

Seconds later, she found herself face-to-face with thieves. “When I felt its touch and its hand I knew what it was and then I looked at it and I was like raccoons-- there are raccoons in here.”

That’s when she found two adult raccoons rummaging through groceries in her back seat.

“The first one that attacked me was on the passenger seat and its hands grabbed me first. I screamed and when I looked over, I saw the form of the body but there was one behind me and I figured it was coming for my head.”

So she acted on instinct and jumped out of the moving van.

“I just stood and helplessly watched my van with the raccoons inside go straight into a tree.”

Somehow she made it out unscathed, but her van wasn’t so lucky. “The van is totaled, $3,000 worth of damage to the front.”

Incredibly, Sanders has a sense of humor about the situation but she still hopes others learn a lesson from her close call.

“The moral of this story is to watch out for bandits at night, keep your windows up because they like to joyride too.”

Patty Sanders is also happy to report that both of the raccoons made it safely out of her van before it crashed.

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