Flipping lucky to be alive!
By Lee Peace
STUNNED residents watched as a Land Rover careered down a Mexborough street and ended up on its ROOF, with at least one person hurled from it into the road, last Sunday.
Locals on Adwick Road described how they heard a “big bang” – then came upon the scene of destruction.
They found the soft-top Land Rover had crashed into a parked Vauxhall Zafira and come to rest upside down, with passengers scattered, injured in the road.
The Vaxhall car was itself shunted into another car.
Locals rushed to tend the injured – who were taken away on spinal boards, with rescue services fearing they had back injuries.
But amazingly, no-one was seriously hurt in the incident.
The Times understands that police have been told a drive shaft failed on the Land Rover, and an investigation into the crash has now begun.
The smash happened close to the home of former Mexborough councillor, Malcolm Jevons MBE, who rushed outside after phoning the emergency services.
He told the Times: “There was a big bang and I was quite shocked at what I saw when I looked outside.
“The Land Rover was travelling down the road and had smashed into a vehicle parked on the opposite side.
“There were two walking wounded, and another laid out on the road.
“I heard there were four lads in total, but I don’’t know where the other one was – he might have still been inside the upturned vehicle.
“The lad in the road was a good few feet away from where their vehicle was.
“The word was that he had been flung out when it flipped over. It was a soft-top roof, so it could have happened.”
Police, ambulance and fire crews from Edlington and Dearne stations arrived at about 2.30pm.
A police spokesman said the driver, a 24-year-old man, was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital with head injuries, but his condition was not thought to be serious.
Meanwhile, his 21-year-old male passenger was treated for minor injuries. The other two men in the vehicle were unhurt.
One resident, who spoke to the men moments after the crash, said: “They were really shaken up by it, and one of them had blood coming from their head.
“They were in shock, but were also very lucky to walk away from it.”
The owner of the car that the Land Rover had smashed into, told how the damage was so extensive the vehicle was now a write-off.
The woman asked not to be named but said: “The driver’s side was completely smashed in, and you couldn’t even open the door.
“We have only had it a few months, so it was like a new car to us. I’m gutted.
“But I am relieved that no-one was killed... though how they weren’t, I don’t know.”
The resident added: “I have heard that the people in the Land Rover told the police there was a problem with the prop shaft, which caused them to lose control”.
South Yorkshire Police said this week that they had not made any arrests in relation to the incident, adding that enquiries were ongoing.
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