A WOMAN had a lucky escape when her car crashed through a fence and ended up on its side.
Elizabeth Wells was trapped in the Toyota after the accident in Stoke Row and was rescued by passers-by.
Mrs Wells, who lives in the village, was driving towards the junction of the B481 and Newlands Lane at about 7.30pm on Sunday when she lost control of the car.
Her foot slipped from the brake and was jammed underneath the pedals, causing the car to plough through the gate of the Stoke Row Independent Chapel before being turned on to its side.
Mrs Wells, whose three Jack Russell Terriers were also in the car, was not injured but she couldn’t get out of the vehicle.
However, the noise of the crash was heard in the garden of the Cherry Tree Inn next door and several people rushed to help.
Ray Tee, a chapel trustee who lives opposite the chapel in Alma Green, said: “My daughters were in the kitchen at the front of the house and heard the crash and saw lots of people running from the pub towards the chapel.”
Mr Tee, 66, said one man smashed the car windows to rescue Mrs Wells and her pets. Her dogs ran off but were later found after a long search by villagers.
All the emergency services attended the scene.
Mrs Wells suffered several bruises and was left with a mark from her seat belt.
She said: “I want to thank all those people who rushed to my rescue. The heroes of the day were the lads who were having a drink in the pub and pulled me out. I couldn’t have got out on my own.”
The car knocked over the chapel’s noticeboard and damaged its oak gate and two brick pillars either side.
Mrs Wells, who lives in School Lane, said: “The thought that there might have been somebody on that path at the time haunts me.”
Sonia Jackson, joint minister of the chapel, said: “We are really thankful that the lady wasn’t seriously hurt and there was no one else involved.”
Mr Tee added: “Our main thoughts and prayers are for the poor lady involved rather than for the damage caused.”