Peugeot spins out of control and flips over several times in accident on M271

Daily Echo: Driver Sam Stainton Driver Sam Stainton

HOW did I get out of that alive?

That is the question Sam Stainton is asking himself after seeing photographs of his smashed-up car which flipped over on to its roof on a busy Hampshire motorway.

With wreckage and broken glass strewn across the carriageway, emergency services had little option but to close the road.

Yet Sam, 23, escaped with barely a scratch.

Last night the young driver from Hampshire admitted he was “lucky to be alive” as he struggled to comprehend how he survived the violent smash, thought to have been caused by a tyre blow-out.

He also thanked a mystery van driver who rushed to his aid to prevent the damaged vehicle exploding.

Sam was heading home to Totton on the M271 when his silver Peugeot flipped over on the southbound carriageway close to junction one.

Daily Echo:

The tiler, who was returning from a friend’s house in Chandler’s Ford, said: “One minute I was driving along and the next I heard this massive bang.

“The car span sideways, hit a verge, flipped over several times and before I knew it I was upside down.”

The dazed driver crawled from the overturned car before a van driver dashed to the roadside to put out flames coming from the damaged vehicle.

The Good Samaritan sheltered Sam in his van before paramedics arrived and took him to Southampton General Hospital.

Mercifully he sustained only minor whiplash and returned home with nothing more than a sore neck.

The former Testwood School pupil, who lives in Hamp-ton Gardens, said: “People say your life flashes before you – but everything happened so fast.

“All I remember is just holding on for dear life.

“If I had seen a car like that I would have expected the person to have died – it was a right mess.

“There must be a God up there looking down on me because I haven’t got a clue how I survived.

“I just want to thank the van driver for putting out the fire and the emergency services for their work.”

Police closed the road for more than an hour shortly after 9am on Saturday, January 25, with motorists being allowed to turn their cars around and head back towards the M27 interchange to find alternative routes into Southamp-ton.

Sam’s dad Rory, 47, rushed to the roadside after his son rang him from the scene.

Rory, also a tiler, said he was shocked to see the wreckage and said: “He is just so lucky.

“You wouldn’t expect anyone to walk away from that, but it just goes to show how well built cars are these days.

“Really he owes his life to the van driver because if it ruptured the fuel tank and the fire spread, there would have been an explosion.”

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12:55pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Micle1974 says...

The M271 must have a worse accident rate than the A31 ?
Why no big petition to reduce the speed and get the road reclassified echo?
There have been many accidents on this tiny bit of motorway, most coming from M27 towards redbridge roundabout too fast as there's not enough signage
The M271 must have a worse accident rate than the A31 ? Why no big petition to reduce the speed and get the road reclassified echo? There have been many accidents on this tiny bit of motorway, most coming from M27 towards redbridge roundabout too fast as there's not enough signage Micle1974
  • Score: -2

1:09pm Mon 27 Jan 14

downfader says...

Micle1974 wrote:
The M271 must have a worse accident rate than the A31 ?
Why no big petition to reduce the speed and get the road reclassified echo?
There have been many accidents on this tiny bit of motorway, most coming from M27 towards redbridge roundabout too fast as there's not enough signage
To be fair most of those drivers are locals and haulage drivers who know the route well. Ergo they now the limit and the risks. The A31 is slightly different as it has junction issues and limited direct alternatives for pedestrian, cyclist and scooter traffic.
[quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: The M271 must have a worse accident rate than the A31 ? Why no big petition to reduce the speed and get the road reclassified echo? There have been many accidents on this tiny bit of motorway, most coming from M27 towards redbridge roundabout too fast as there's not enough signage[/p][/quote]To be fair most of those drivers are locals and haulage drivers who know the route well. Ergo they now the limit and the risks. The A31 is slightly different as it has junction issues and limited direct alternatives for pedestrian, cyclist and scooter traffic. downfader
  • Score: 10

1:10pm Mon 27 Jan 14

downfader says...

I would also like to point out that cars rarely explode. I've seen a car go up in flames and it took a couple of seconds. Still terrifying obviously, but explosions are a thing of the movies.
I would also like to point out that cars rarely explode. I've seen a car go up in flames and it took a couple of seconds. Still terrifying obviously, but explosions are a thing of the movies. downfader
  • Score: 9

3:31pm Mon 27 Jan 14

forest hump says...

downfader wrote:
I would also like to point out that cars rarely explode. I've seen a car go up in flames and it took a couple of seconds. Still terrifying obviously, but explosions are a thing of the movies.
Are you inferring the movies stray from the truth? That's ruined my day!
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: I would also like to point out that cars rarely explode. I've seen a car go up in flames and it took a couple of seconds. Still terrifying obviously, but explosions are a thing of the movies.[/p][/quote]Are you inferring the movies stray from the truth? That's ruined my day! forest hump
  • Score: 7

3:48pm Mon 27 Jan 14

BorislawGeorgiew says...

You choose your fate
By the things you do
If you are good
Your fate will be too

Fate does not choose you
It won’t take time to choose you
Just watch what you do
And fate will be good to you

A fate worse than death
For being bad that’s what you get
I’ve been there and back
So I know the facts

Take my advice
Live life right
Just do onto others good
And fate will do onto you

Follow one of the golden rules
Do onto others what you,
Want them to do onto you
And that’s how you choose your fate
You choose your fate By the things you do If you are good Your fate will be too Fate does not choose you It won’t take time to choose you Just watch what you do And fate will be good to you A fate worse than death For being bad that’s what you get I’ve been there and back So I know the facts Take my advice Live life right Just do onto others good And fate will do onto you Follow one of the golden rules Do onto others what you, Want them to do onto you And that’s how you choose your fate BorislawGeorgiew
  • Score: -11

6:10pm Mon 27 Jan 14

downfader says...

I'll repeat what I said before on here. If you bump kerbs, or encounter a lot of potholes - check your tyres over for damage! These can weaken the sidewalls over time.
I'll repeat what I said before on here. If you bump kerbs, or encounter a lot of potholes - check your tyres over for damage! These can weaken the sidewalls over time. downfader
  • Score: 8

8:47pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Torchie1 says...

So the accident wasn't caused by speed, in spite of the instant unqualified analysis posted by the bicycle brigade.
So the accident wasn't caused by speed, in spite of the instant unqualified analysis posted by the bicycle brigade. Torchie1
  • Score: 0

9:24pm Mon 27 Jan 14

downfader says...

Torchie1 wrote:
So the accident wasn't caused by speed, in spite of the instant unqualified analysis posted by the bicycle brigade.
Like I said to you before - you keep pushing people and insulting them on the cycling stories and they're going to do the same on motoring. How do you know they're unqualified? Rhetorical question as yet again you're trolling to cause a division so I dont expect an answer.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: So the accident wasn't caused by speed, in spite of the instant unqualified analysis posted by the bicycle brigade.[/p][/quote]Like I said to you before - you keep pushing people and insulting them on the cycling stories and they're going to do the same on motoring. How do you know they're unqualified? Rhetorical question as yet again you're trolling to cause a division so I dont expect an answer. downfader
  • Score: 3

8:19am Tue 28 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

Reality-man wrote:
Hope he didn't hurt his chins
Hope you get run over.
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: Hope he didn't hurt his chins[/p][/quote]Hope you get run over. gilbertratchet
  • Score: -2

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