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Wordsley councillor lucky to be alive after horror smash
5:06pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Local
A WORDSLEY councillor is lucky to be alive after he and his family were involved in a horror smash in Shropshire.
Councillor Derrick Hemmingsley and relatives were on the A5 between Shrewsbury and Oswestry, travelling back from a weekend break Haven holiday camp in Prestatyn, Wales, when the crash happened on Monday at 3.35pm.
Cllr Hemmingsley, aged 52, and his wife Catherine, aged 49, and son Daniel, aged 11, who live in Kingswinford, escaped with relatively minor injuries following the incident which saw their Toyota Avensis flip over twice after colliding with an oncoming Chevrolet Lacetti on a stretch of road between West Felton and Queen’s Head.
But the councillor’s elderly mum Eileen Potts and aunt Phyllis Attwood, both from Kingswinford, sustained “serious injuries” according to West Mercia Police.
Cllr Hemmingsley’s mum, aged 82, was airlifted to hospital with broken ribs and a broken collar bone - while his aunt, aged 96, also suffered broken bones, cuts and bruises.
Both were detained in the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
Cllr Hemmingsley, who escaped with cuts and bruises, summoned the strength to kick open the car door and get out of the vehicle before emergency crews attended but the rest of the family remained trapped until firefighters removed the roof of the mangled car.
The councillor said police later informed him the crash could have been fatal if the oncoming car had struck his vehicle six inches higher and he told the News: “We all thank God for our safety. It was a miracle that we survived.”
Cllr Hemmingsley said he has suffered “flashbacks and can’t sleep” since the smash which left his wife with bruising to her face and whiplash and his son, who was asleep at the time, with glass in his foot.
The occupants of the Chevrolet did not require hospital treatment.
Police are continuing to investigate.
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