Thursday, 19 October 2017

Woman rescued from car crash by councillor

A YOUNG woman was rescued by a Henley town councillor after her car left the road and overturned, writes David White.

A YOUNG woman was rescued by a Henley town councillor after her car left the road and overturned, writes David White.

The accident happened at a blackspot on the A4155 between Shiplake Cross and Playhatch at about 3.30pm on Wednesday.

The woman had been travelling towards Caversham when her Ford Ka left the road near Hampstead Hill and landed upside down in a field. No other vehicle was involved.

Councillor David Eggleton, who was passing in his van, pulled over and used a hammer to smash a side window and then passed the 21-year-old woman a blanket before smashing the driver?s window.

He then pulled her to safety with the help of another man who had stopped.

Cllr Eggleton, a removals man, said: ?I walked over to the car and shouted ?is anybody in there?? This lady shouted back, ?I didn?t think anybody could hear me?. I replied, ?it?s all right, somebody?s here now?. I went back to the van, got a hammer and took out the side window so I could pass her a blanket and I could take the main window out.

?We pulled her out and over to one side. She was shaking like a leaf and was very emotional and relieved. It was a bit of a shock for me too because I didn?t expect anybody to answer back and when they did, it was a relief that they were okay.?

The woman said she wasn?t hurt but couldn?t see well as she?d lost her glasses in the accident.

Cllr Eggleton said: ?I managed to drag her handbag out and all the contents but couldn?t find her glasses.?

The woman was treated by paramedics and put in a neck brace before being taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. Police were also called to the scene and the car was recovered two hours later.

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