Stu­dent’s amaz­ing crash es­cape

‘I could smell burn­ing and I thought the car was go­ing to blow up’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Vicky Cas­tle

A young woman says she is lucky to be alive af­ter walk­ing away from a ter­ri­fy­ing car crash with­out a mark.

Lau­ren Ben­son was pulled to safety from the wreck­age of her Peu­geot 206 con­vert­ible af­ter the crash on Ash­ford Road in Kingsnorth.

The 20-year-old Ham­street stu­dent was on her way home from the gym last Mon­day when she lost con­trol of her car and swerved across the road.

The car then went through a hedge and som­er­saulted, land­ing on its roof in a ditch in a field.

Miss Ben­son said: “It was so scary. I could smell burn­ing and all that was go­ing through my mind was that the car was go­ing to blow up.

“It had landed up­side down so I crawled onto the roof to be up­right but the doors were so bashed in that I was stuck.

“I tried to call my mum and she an­swered but be­cause I had vir­tu­ally no sig­nal she couldn’t hear me prop­erly and I was just scream­ing down the phone.”

Miss Ben­son then di­alled 999 be­fore po­lice, am­bu­lance and fire crews ar­rived at the in­ci­dent.

Kent Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice had to cut down the hedge she had smashed through just to get to the wreck­age.

Fire­fight­ers then used cut­ting equip­ment to get through the pas­sen­ger door and pull her free.

The phys­io­ther­apy un­der- grad­u­ate was taken to the Wil­liam Har­vey hos­pi­tal for pre­cau­tion­ary checks but, in­cred­i­bly, es­caped vir­tu­ally un­scathed.

She added: “Amaz­ingly I don’t have any se­ri­ous in­juries, my neck aches so I’ve prob­a­bly got a bit of whiplash but that is it.

“I am still quite shaken up though. It feels like a bad dream be­cause I have got noth­ing to re­ally show for it.”

Miss Ben­son said she was very grate­ful to the emer­gency ser­vices who at­tended and calmed her down.

She added: “The woman on the phone stayed on the line with me un­til the fire ser­vice got there. She just kept re­as­sur­ing me that ev­ery­thing was go­ing to be all right. They were all so lovely, car­ing and calm­ing and did ev­ery­thing they could to make sure I was OK. I re­ally can’t thank them enough.”

Lau­ren Ben­son could not get out of her car af­ter it ca­reered across the road and turned on to its roof

Lau­ren Ben­son says she thought she was go­ing to die as her car flipped

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