‘I’m lucky to be alive’ says Hitchin woman who wants to thank good Samaritans after her car overturned

The upturned car Colleen Allen has been a passenger in

The upturned car Colleen Allen has been a passenger in - Credit: Archant

A Hitchin woman who narrowly escaped serious injuries after the car she was travelling in overturned on Saturday evening is keen for the three good Samaritans who helped her after the crash to get in touch so she can thank them properly.

A shaken but relieved Colleen Allen

A shaken but relieved Colleen Allen - Credit: Archant

Colleen Allen was a front seat passenger in a Citroen C3 being driven by her partner when it flipped over near Codicote at around 11.30pm.

A shaken Colleen told the Comet: “I’m just lucky to be alive. It was just a freak accident.

“There was nothing to raise eyebrows, my partner wasn’t speeding and certainly hadn’t been drinking – but the car just flipped over.

“It was terrifying stuff. I was shocked the airbag didn’t go off.

“After the car turned over I was so worried that it would explode so I just crawled through the broken passenger window.

“I was absolutely terrified the car would burst into flames with me inside, so I was very determined to get out of the car as quickly as I could.

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“I suffered whiplash during the crash and then there was quite a lot of blood as I suffered lots of cuts to my arm after crawling over the broken glass to get out off the vehicle.

“I think I must have been in a state of shock. My partner got out by opening his door and didn’t have a scratch on him.

“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the three people who were driving behind us, and who stopped to help.

“They were my good Samaritans and I am very thankful to them for stopping to help.

“One of them shone the flashlight on his mobile phone to warn other cars of the danger as it was down a dark country lane, while another lady stopped to call the emergency services.

“I’m from Sheffield and people always say northerners are more friendly than southerners – but I have to say the people who helped me were absolutely fantastic.

“People from Hitchin are so helpful, I can’t thank them enough for their help and I would love to thank them in person in less stressful circumstances.

“I would also like to thank the police and paramedics who helped me at the scene.

“Ironically we were trying to sell the car and had driven to London to show it to friends who were interested in buying it – I’m not sure they’d be interested in it now.

“I’m just so glad we were ok. I can’t stop thinking about it. But the fact that people stopped to help certainly restores your faith in humanity.”

l Are you one of the good Samaritans? If so, call the news desk on 01438 866200 or email news@thecomet.net.

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