‘juSt in­Stinct’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Commended For Quick-thinking -

Speak­ing about the mo­ment straight af­ter the crash, elec­tri­cian John Stevens, who was trav­el­ling to Ash­ford with his son Bobby, said it was just in­stinct for him to get out and help.

He said: “We saw the car ca­reer across the road head on into the car com­ing the other way. We just had to help.

“We saw both the cars had smoke com­ing from them and two peo­ple were trapped.

“We pulled the gen­tle­man out of his car, be­cause there was a lot of smoke com­ing from that, and laid him on the ground.”

Af­ter this, John and Bobby went to help Chris with the Pero­dua.

John, a dad of three and grandad of four, said: “We didn’t ac­tu­ally talk, we just did it.

“There was a lot of other mem­bers of the public com­ing and throw­ing wa­ter on the car too.

“We didn’t know it was a woman in the car, we didn’t know who it was, but just thought we need to get her out the car.

“We was lit­er­ally just do­ing what a nor­mal hu­man be­ing would do, and help some­one else in trou­ble.”

John ad­mit­ted that he was told off by his mum for get­ting in­volved. He joked: “She said I shouldn’t have gone near the car, as it was on fire.”

Speak­ing about the awards cer­e­mony, John said: “It’s nice we did some­thing that meant some­thing to a lot of peo­ple, and get an award for it.

“I’m just pleased the woman is com­ing through it, and the other lad in­volved is too.”

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