Passers-by save woman from crash fireball

The scene on the A140, where a woman was dragged from her crashed car seconds before it was engulfed in flames. Picture: Stephen Huntley. The scene on the A140, where a woman was dragged from her crashed car seconds before it was engulfed in flames. Picture: Stephen Huntley.

Monday, December 9, 2013
9:31 AM

Passers-by pulled a woman from her crashed car just seconds before it was engulfed in flames.

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Passers-by pulled a woman from her crashed car just seconds before it was engulfed in flames.

The car had crashed after colliding with a lorry on the A140 between Mendlesham and Earl Stonham at 8.30am yesterday, and veering into a hedge.

Her rescuers are understood to be from Norwich.

The passing drivers stopped to help the woman, who had been trapped against the steering wheel in the car.

Following the crash the woman was taken to hospital, where she was treated for shock and burns to her leg.

Fire crews from Eye, Debenham and Stowmarket attended the blaze.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s Carl Francis said: “The people who happened upon the incident acted very thoughtfully, very heroically.

“The lady was obviously shocked. The fire had started at the time of impact. They have undoubtedly saved an incident that could have been very much worse.”

Did you save the woman? Or would you like to pay tribute to the rescuers? Call 01603 772423 or email mark.shields@archant.co.uk

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