December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 28, 2013
An Ipswich mum has told how she and young son were lucky to escape alive after a tree crushed their car at the height of today’s storm-force winds.
Olivia and Samuel Gilbert, of Neath Drive, were trapped in the front seats of their Citroen after the tree smashed down on the roof compressing it across the back seats.
The pair were rescued by dock worker Dennis Green following the accident in Belstead Road, Ipswich,.
Mr Green, of Campion Road, Ipswich, said the Citroen was so engulfed by the tree that when he first saw it he did not realise there was a car underneath.
The crash occurred at around 8.15am as Mrs Gilbert, 36, was taking seven-year-old Samuel to his grandparents’ home.
She had slowed down because another car was turning around in the road.
Mrs Gilbert said: “I was crawling at two to three miles an hour and that was when the tree fell on us. I didn’t see it coming. I just heard an enormous bang and it went all dark.
“I rang 999, but I couldn’t hear them because the wind was so loud. It was then I released the windows were smashed.
“Samuel was so calm and brave. We are both so, so lucky. I am just thankful Samuel was in the passenger seat beside me because if he was in the back I dread to think what the outcome would have been.
“The police woman who was there afterwards said she couldn’t understand how we both walked away.”
Mr Green said it was only when a woman at the scene told him a car was under the tree that he realised it was there. Fearing another tree might fall and other potential dangers he ran over to get the occupants out.
He said: “I thought the car might catch fire so I smashed the passenger window. I tried the doors but I couldn’t get them to open.
“I pulled the young boy out and passed him to other people, then I leaned in and dragged the mother out.”
Despite his actions Mr Green insisted he was no hero.
He said: “I think anyone would have done the same.”
Mrs Gilbert said she was extremely grateful to her 60-year-old rescuer, saying: “He was fantastic.”