AN HEROIC teenager whose bowel was ripped open in a car crash managed to save his mum, brother and friends from the wreckage before it exploded into flames destroying everything inside.
Trainee mechanic Bradley Rushby, 17 – who also fractured his back in the accident – then collapsed and was air lifted to hospital for a life-saving bowel operation.
The crash – in Ludford Road, Binbrook on Tuesday, November 15 – left Bradley’s mum Susan Rushby with a bone protruding from her wrist and severe bruising, one friend with a fractured neck and another with two broken legs. Incredibly, Bradley’s brother three-year-old Harry’s only injury was a small bruise on his stomach.
Susan, 34, from Redhill Lane, Ludford was driving home after picking up Harry from Binbrook Nursery when her Vauxhall Astra left the road.
Yodel parcel delivery driver Sami Khan stopped to help. Describing how the car exploded into flames he said: “The car went off like a bomb – it literally left the ground.”
Susan came out of hospital in Grimsby on Friday. She said: “I don’t know how it happened. I don’t remember anything.
“I’ve been told Brad got everyone out of the car and then he collapsed – we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.
“He’s a hero and deserves a lot of praise, it was a very brave thing to do. He’s got a heart of gold.
“And Harry’s a miracle child – he came out of it amazingly well when everyone else has been so badly injured.”
Bradley, whose injuries mean he has to wear a body brace, is still in Lincoln County Hospital but is in a stable condition.
Susan said: “I would like to thank everyone who stopped to help and my neighbours who’ve been really good.”
Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision, or who saw the Astra before the incident, to contact the collision witness hotline on 01522 558855.