Driver tells of crash terror
Updated 11:06am Thursday 9th January 2014 in By Beren Cross, @BerenCross
DRIVER Penny Smith has told of her fright after car car was rammed into a motorway roundabout at rush hour yesterday morning.
In one of two major crashes in Swindon yesterday, Penny was behind the wheel of her silver Vauxhall Astra on the entrance to the M4 Junction 15 roundabout, coming from the A419, southbound.
At approximately 8.10am a black Skoda Fabia collided with the rear of her car with such force the majority of her car was pushed into the roundabout and into the route of oncoming traffic.
No vehicles collided with Penny’s car on the roundabout, but she had to be cut free from her car by emergency services after complaining of neck pain.
“I was just stopped at the roundabout and the Skoda pushed me into the roundabout,” the 49-year-old, of Edale Moore, Liden, said. “I was nearly all the way in.
“It all happened so fast, I didn’t really know what was happening. One minute I was waiting to pull out and the next I was halfway across to the roundabout.
“The cars coming around slowed and went around me. There was a lorry driver behind, who stopped the traffic and helped me. He was absolutely fantastic. It’s a scary experience being cut out of your car, but the emergency services did everything to reassure me.
“I want to thank all of the services, the police, ambulance and fire service – they were amazing.”
The wreckage of the milk float
In the early hours of yesterday a black Renault Clio was in collision with a milk float at Marston Farm in Broad Town.
The float, a 4x4 vehicle, was parked at the farm when it was struck at speed by the Clio. The Renault then ploughed through a fence and shed at the property as a result of the collision.
The female driver passed a breathalyser test and was taken to hospital with suspected minor injuries. No other people were involved.
The Renault was recovered from the scene, but the 4x4 is currently being dealt with by the owner, a resident at the farm.
Debris and oil scattered across the road was cleaned up by Swindon Council.
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “We were called just before 6.30am to a road traffic collision at Marston Farm near Broad Town.
“A Renault Clio collided with a stationary milk float and went through a fence and then into a shed.
“The female driver of the Clio was taken to hospital with suspected minor injuries.”
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