Woman escapes after car crushed by lorry

Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service

20 year old suffers only hand injury

The quick reactions of a young woman have probably saved her life, after a lorry fell over onto her car.

The incident happened at around 8.30am this morning on the A50, Bypass Road, near McDonalds in Uttoxeter.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "The incident happened just after a roundabout. The lorry was in the outside lane on the dual carriageway, with the Nissan Micra in the inside lane.

"The lorry was pulling a trailer which toppled over onto the car pushing the roof down into the passenger compartment.

"The 20 year old woman in the car told ambulance staff that she realised what was happening and managed to get her seatbelt off and roll onto her side in a foetal position. By the time the rapid response vehicle arrived she had managed to scramble out of the car via the passenger side.

"Given the level of damage to the car, had she not had the presence of mind to act the way that she did, the level of injury would certainly have been serious if not worse. It is fair to say that her quick thinking probably saved her life.

"The woman suffered a hand injury. After being assessed at the scene, she was taken to the specialist hand injury clinic at Royal Derby Hospital.

"The man driving the lorry was uninjured but understandably shaken by the incident.”

Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service


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