Pensioner lucky to survive car’s 20ft cliff fall

Daily Echo: The scene of the accident. The scene of the accident.

 A Hampshire pensioner is lucky to be alive after her car plunged 20ft down a hill when her sandal got trapped in the accelerator.

The woman, who is in her 80s, couldn’t stop and crashed through metal railings before her Nissan Micra rolled several times down a bank before coming to rest among trees and bushes.

Firefighters and a specialist ambulance team, trained to deal with patients in hazardous spots, were alerted.

Branches and trees were cut from around the wreckage and the elderly driver hoisted from the car using ropes.

She was taken to Southampton General Hospital after escaping from the accident on Queens Road, Winchester, with non-life-threatening injuries.

Firefighter James Locke, of Winchester Fire Station, who attended the scene, said: “It could have been much, much worse. She was very lucky. She was very shocked.

“She didn’t suffer any life-threatening injuries. She was more concerned that people were making too much of a fuss about her.”

Mr Locke added: “Apparently when she was being hoisted out she was asked where on her body she was in pain and she said ‘I’m in my 80s – I hurt everywhere!’.”

He said the pensioner believes her sandal became caught on the accelerator, causing her car to go out of control.

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3:45pm Wed 8 Jan 14

dango says...

I'm not aware of any cliffs on Queens Road. Still, it's more eye catching than 'ditch' I suppose. At least she didn't need to be transported far and she's well.
I'm not aware of any cliffs on Queens Road. Still, it's more eye catching than 'ditch' I suppose. At least she didn't need to be transported far and she's well. dango
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4:41pm Wed 8 Jan 14

suenami71 says...

Why did she get take to SGH when she was so close to Winchester hospital?? Glad she is ok though

Love this too..

“Apparently when she was being hoisted out she was asked where on her body she was in pain and she said ‘I’m in my 80s – I hurt everywhere!’.”
Why did she get take to SGH when she was so close to Winchester hospital?? Glad she is ok though Love this too.. “Apparently when she was being hoisted out she was asked where on her body she was in pain and she said ‘I’m in my 80s – I hurt everywhere!’.” suenami71
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