'I'm just glad we're all alive' – Mum's thank you to lifesavers after surviving serious Stevenage A602 crash with her twin sons
PUBLISHED: 08:31 07 January 2016
A mum rushed to hospital along with her two twin sons in a serious condition after a three-vehicle crash on the Stevenage A602 has spoken about how she feels lucky to be alive – and how she wants to thank the emergency services for saving her life.
Tracey Brown was travelling in a black Ford Fiesta with 14-year-old sons Jamie and Jordan when the car collided with a green Vauxhall Astra and a white and blue truck on Broadhall Way, close to the roundabout for Shephall Way and Oaks Cross.
All three were taken to Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital, with Jamie and Tracey kept in for four and five days respectively due to the serious nature of their injuries.
Tracey suffered five broken ribs and a collapsed lung and now has to take tablets and have injections to fight off infections after having her spleen removed.
Jordan still bears the marks where the seat belt cut into his neck and stomach while he was trapped in the car, and suffers from severe headaches caused by concussion.
Jamie, a pupil at Barnwell School along with his brother, was also badly bruised and has breathing difficulties due to a hole in his lung.
Now three weeks after the December 16 crash Tracey has spoken about the ordeal.
The 39-year-old, who lives in Benington but is currently staying with her parents in Stevenage, said: “Jamie has been having nightmares as he keeps remembering me screaming, while Jordan blacked out so doesn’t remember it at all. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever been through and I’m just glad we’re all alive.
“From what I’ve been told there were so many people there helping.
“There were all the emergency services but people passing by also stopped to offer their help.
“I don’t remember but apparently the lorry driver involved never left my side. He told my parents not to worry and that he would stay with me – he was fantastic.
“The emergency services don’t always get the praise they deserve, but without them I don’t think I would be here today.
“I’m told that if it had taken five minutes longer to get me out I wouldn’t be here as I had so much internal bleeding. I can’t thank everyone who helped enough.”
Tracey’s dad Tony, who had been Christmas shopping in Asda when he was alerted to the crash by his grandson Jamie, also wants to thank the emergency services for their help.
He said: “I thought it might have been a small accident until I saw the car – I didn’t know if my daughter was dead or alive.
“She was very lucky and the paramedics, air ambulance crew, the firefighters and the police couldn’t do enough to help them.
“I just want to thank them all – they do their jobs so well but you don’t always realise how much good work they do until something like this happens.”
The driver of the lorry suffered shock but did not require hospital treatment following the crash, but the Astra driver – a 78-year-old woman – remains at Lister Hospital in a serious but stable condition, as does her 83-year-old male passenger.