‘Lucky’ Millie says thanks after crash
A TEENAGER who broke her back when her car flipped over and smashed into a tree said she feels lucky to have escaped without more serious injuries.
Student Millie Farmer was driving home from her part-time hotel job when her red Renault Clio left the road, flew into the air and ploughed into a tree. The 18-year-old stumbled out of the car and feared nobody would come to her aid on the dark country road – but five Good Samaritans pulled over to help. They assisted the North East Scotland College social services student in calling the police and getting an ambulance. After suffering a fractured vertebrae in her lower spine, as well as cuts and bruises, Millie is now recovering at home with the support of her family – and has thanked those who helped her following the horrific smash, which happened on the B9170 near Oldmeldrum. “It’s a quiet road and I was worried nobody would drive past, but I was very lucky people came to help me,” said Millie. “I really want to thank them for what they did. It could have been a completely different story without them. “I’m lucky I wasn’t seriously hurt.” Millie, of Methlick, works as a waitress in the restaurant at Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course and finished a shift late on Saturday night. “I drove off and made it around four bends and then just came off the road. It all happened really fast,” she said. “The car flipped over in the air and the next thing I knew it had crashed into a tree.” Millie stopped the engine, grabbed her mobile phone, which was charging beside her, and got out of the car. The first driver to stop was Stephen Simpson, who helped Millie get over a wall, away from the car and to safety. He was closely followed by a couple, and then another older couple. Millie said: “They were all such a massive help. It was really cold and I waited in one of their cars until the police arrived. They distracted me and made sure I was okay. “The couples told me their names but I forgot them because I was still in shock and taking in what happened. I would love to be able to thank them for what they did.” Millie was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where she underwent scans and an X-ray. Th medical staff were unwilling to let Millie sleep for a few hours after the crash in case she had concussion. She was kept in for observation before getting home on Sunday. On the way home, she stopped to see her Renault Clio, which has been written off. Millie said: “It took the impact well. I’m lucky that I wasn’t more badly injured. “I’ve been given painkillers and I’m taking it easy until my back gets better.”
Millie, 18, wants to thank all the people who came to her aid and, inset, Millie’s wrecked Renault Clio