Strength of modern cars protects woman from what could have been very serious crash

Thursday 23rd March 2017 – 12.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

The strength of modern cars has once again saved a driver from serious injuries after the vehicle managed to get on the wrong side of a crash barrier and strike an overhead sign gantry

The incident happened on the M6 Toll just before junction T1 at Coleshill at about 9.05am this morning (Thursday).

An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a silver car that had very significant front end damage.  The car had left the motorway to the nearside, gone down the grass verge and collided with the gantry leaving an almost perfect square indent into the bonnet.

“Despite significant intrusion within the passenger compartment, the woman was able to get out and was sitting in a car that had stopped at the scene.

“Astonishingly, the 39 year old was only complaining of seatbelt pain and had a number of small lacerations but essentially escaped with minor injuries.  She was taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire as a precaution.

“Once again the design of modern cars, use of a seat belt and airbags have saved the woman from what could have been extremely serious injuries or worse, not so many years ago.”


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