Driver tells of miracle crash escape

By Craig RobinsonA MOTORIST has told of his “miracle escape” after he was pulled from the wreckage of his car minutes before it burst into flames.Peter Martin, 48, was driving along the A14 in his Toyota Corolla with three other passengers when it spun off the road, flipped into a ditch and caught fire.

By Craig Robinson

A MOTORIST has told of his “miracle escape” after he was pulled from the wreckage of his car minutes before it burst into flames.

Peter Martin, 48, was driving along the A14 in his Toyota Corolla with three other passengers when it spun off the road, flipped into a ditch and caught fire.

“I was just driving along the road when I felt something in the car go. I thought the tyre had blown,” recalled the painter and decorator.


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“The next thing I know the car has rolled over two or three times and we've ended up upside down in a ditch.

“It was pretty scary, I was hanging upside down by the seat belt and I wasn't really sure what I was going to do.”

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He added: “I looked around and luckily there was someone coming towards my side of the car and he managed to haul me to safety.

“When I was free we helped the other front passenger, while two or three others worked to save the two in the back.

“Minutes after we were all away from the wreckage the car exploded into flames. We were really very lucky, it was a miracle escape.”

Mr Martin said he wanted to thank everyone who had helped rescue them from the wrecked car.

“Without them it could have been a completely different story. We all came away virtually unscathed, the worst injury I think was a broken collarbone. It could have been a lot worse,” he added.

“The policeman at the scene of the accident said he thought we were all goners when he saw the wreckage lying in the ditch.”

Mr Martin was travelling back to Kent from a pool competition in Great Yarmouth with friends Gary Mullan, Bobby Rogers and Hayden Friar when the accident happened near the Copdock interchange at about 11.50am on Sunday.

He suffered a shoulder injury and his front-seat passenger, Mr Friar, broke a collarbone.

Mr Mullan, a rear-seat passenger, suffered neck and shoulder injuries, while Mr Rogers, who was also in the back of the car, fractured his wrist and thumb and injured his neck and shoulder.

Suffolk police have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident, which did not involve any other vehicles.

craig.robinson@eadt.co.uk

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