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Miracle escape from crushed car

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A mother and daughter escaped with only cuts and bruises after their car was crushed by a lorry at York’s Hopgrove roundabout shortly before noon on 26 September.

Arriving at the scene, Police found a Peugeot 107 flattened to dashboard level under a lorry carrying thousands of chickens. Emergency services personnel pulled the mother and daughter from the car through the remaining gap in what Traffic Sergeant Andy Quigley described as one of the most amazing escapes he had seen in his 16 years as a traffic officer.

He said that the two women, who were from the York area, and the truck driver were taken to hospital to be treated for cuts, bruises and shock.

It was his understanding that the two women were travelling around the roundabout to get to the westbound A64. They were on the inside lane when the daughter, who was driving, saw the lorry toppling sideways onto their car. She lay across her mother and the pair were left in a small space on the seats as their car was crushed to about two and a half feet above the ground.

According to Sergeant Quigley there was considerable disruption to traffic in the area. Efforts to clear the wreckage were hampered by the lorry’s cargo of chickens some of which lay dead and dying on the road or were still in their cages on the vehicle. RSPCA officers were called to assist.

Although the lorry had been righted by 4.00 pm, the road could not be re-opened immediately as the carriageway had sustained damage which needed repair.

He added that the cause of the accident was under investigation