Grate­ful car smash driver thanks his res­cuers

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - STU­ART GREER

AMOTORIST who was se­ri­ously in­jured in a crash in Mar­ton has thanked his res­cuers.

Wes­ley Ben­nett, 29, shat­tered his hip and broke his an­kle in the head-on col­li­sion be­tween two cars on Con­gle­ton Road on the af­ter­noon of Mon­day, March 14.

The me­chanic was helped from his ve­hi­cle by a group of men, be­lieved to be off-duty army medics, be­fore be­ing taken by air am­bu­lance to Wythen­shawe Hos­pi­tal.

Wes­ley has al­ready had one op­er­a­tion on his leg and hip, and faces a long road to re­cov­ery.

His friend Sam Valen­tine, 27, who was a pas­sen­ger in the VW Polo that Wes­ley was driv­ing, suf­fered a bro­ken ster­num and a deep cut to his leg.

The 52-year-old male driver of the other car, a Hyundai Coupe, was also in­jured.

Speak­ing from his hos­pi­tal bed, Wes­ley said he wanted to thank those who helped him.

He said: “I don’t have much of a mem­ory of what hap­pened, other than sud­denly be­ing faced with a car in front of me.

“Then I came to in a lot of pain and con­fu­sion. The car was a mess, the dash­board was on top of me. I tried to drag my­self out of the car but couldn’t.

“The next thing I was be­ing helped by th­ese lads. One of them had to hold me up as the other got my leg free, and that isn’t an easy job as I weigh 21 stone.

“I don’t know who they were – I think maybe one was called Wayne – but they res­cued me from a hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion be­fore the paramedics ar­rived and I re­ally want to thank them per­son­ally.”

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened as Wes­ley, from Davy­hulme, and Sam, who is from Stret­ford, were trav­el­ling home af­ter vis­it­ing a mo­tor­bike fac­tory ahead of their planned trip to the Moto GP in Barcelona in the sum­mer.

Wes­ley, who has been rid­ing mo­tor­bikes for four years, said he is not sure he will be able to ride again.

He said: “The im­pact of the crash ba­si­cally pushed my leg back into my hip and shat­tered it. I had an emer­gency op­er­a­tion to pull it out and I might need a full hip re­place­ment. It’s go­ing to be a long road back and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to ride again, but I am de­ter­mined to stay pos­i­tive.

“The im­por­tant thing is that I am still alive. If I had been on my bike, it would have been a dif­fer­ent story.”

Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the crash to call 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 535 of 14/3/2016.

If you were one of Wes­ley’s res­cuers call reporter Stu­art Greer on 0161 211 2061.

‘They res­cued me from a hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion’

●● Wes­ley Ben­nett was pulled from his car by strangers af­ter the hor­ror ac­ci­dent and needed emer­gency surgery on his leg and hip

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