THE daughter of a woman who suffered life-threatening injuries after her mother's car left the M3 has paid tribute to those who saved her.

The woman in her 60s was cut free from a blue Peugeot 207 after it left the carriageway between Winchester and Popham and ended up at the bottom of a verge nearby.

Emergency services were called, with fire crews from Winchester, Alresford and Basingstoke attending the incident on July 28 shortly before 1.30pm.

She suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance.


Daily Echo: Emergency services on the scene of the crash on the M3

Now, her daughter, Kelly Mettyear, has said that she is expected to make a full recovery and has praised those who rescued her mother.

Kelly said: “I would like to add that all of the emergency services involved did an amazing job at saving my mum.

"The whole family is so grateful to them. We would also like to thank the man who witnessed the accident and stopped to help.

"We believe his name was Alex, and he was the one who alerted the emergency services. Due to the nature of the accident, Mum's car wouldn't have been seen by anyone just passing by, so this man was an integral part of my mum's rescue.”

Posting on Winchester Fire Station’s social media, Kelly added: “Thank you for your hard work. The driver of the car is my mum. She's expected to make a full recovery. Thank you for saving her life.”

A fire service spokesperson said that the woman, in her 60s, was “physically trapped” and was cut free from the vehicle.

Following the incident police published an appeal for information, saying: “If you saw the incident, or have dash cam footage showing what happened, please call us on 101 quoting 44210299307.”

One lane of the motorway was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident.