Seatbelts saved lives of Rasen crash pair

The scene of the collision in Dunholme last week EMN-150317-085044001
The scene of the collision in Dunholme last week EMN-150317-085044001

A Market Rasen couple say they are lucky to be alive following a collision on the A46 last Monday morning near Dunholme.

Greg and Sally Watkins, of Coach House Court, were driving to work in Lincoln when the crash happened at 8.26am.

“Our car was hit at such force that it rolled over and over and over fortunately landing right side up. We had to be cut out of the car and my wife was air lifted to Nottingham Hospital and I went in an ambulance to Lincoln Hospital,” Greg recalled.

Sadly, the injuries meant Sally, a left-hander, had two left fingers amputated. The couple are currently recuperating at the home of one of their daughters.

However, rather than blame anyone for the trauma, they wish to thank the emergency services, including paramedics, a fire crew and air ambulance, for their support.

“When we were at our respective hospitals we were both ushered into A&E Departments and from then on and till our release were dealt with both professionally and with very caring hospital staff,” Greg continued.

The couple also praised the public who helped out at the scene of the accident until the emergency services arrived. Passers-by calmed them down in the traumatic situation, they contacted their daughters and got Greg and Sally blankets to keep them warm on the cold morning.

“We will probably never hear from or see these individuals who came to our aid so quickly. Often in these cases where it is obvious a vehicle is written off, people are covered in blood and obviously distressed,individuals can panic. This was not the situation in our case,” Greg said.

“We shudder to think what might of happened if they hadn’t acted so quickly. One of our Police Officers said if we hadn’t have had our seat belts on we would have died.”