South Wales Echo - - FRONT PAGE - ABBY BOLTER Re­porter abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

AN AS­PIR­ING rugby player be­lieves his mur­dered mum saved him from a hor­ror crash which could have claimed his life.

Christo­pher Crump­ton’s mum Me­lanie Els­bury was mur­dered at home by his fa­ther when Chris was just four.

On Wed­nes­day at about 10pm, he was driv­ing past the en­trance to the road where she lost her life in Brid­gend, in 2004, and his car hit a con­crete bol­lard in tor­ren­tial rain.

It burst into flames, but the 17-yearold, who plays for Brid­gend Ath­letic and the Ospreys un­der-18s, be­lieves he was only mo­men­tar­ily knocked out and woke af­ter sec­onds, in time to see the fire and leap clear of the car.

“I think mum was look­ing down on me,” he said.

Vir­tu­ally un­in­jured, he also calmly re­trieved his phone be­fore the 2013 white Seat was en­gulfed in flames. It has been de­clared a to­tal loss.

The Bryn­teg School pupil, who is in his last year of A-lev­els, was just 30 sec­onds from home in Cae Si­wsan when the col­li­sion hap­pened and be­lieves the poor weather was to blame.

Both he and his grand­par­ents, Julie and Colin Crump­ton, be­lieve Mel, who was 27 when she was stran­gled at her home in Nan­tyffyn­non in Brackla, was look­ing out for him.

“When I came to I no­ticed there was smoke and flames,” said Chris, who crashed on Brackla Way af­ter drop­ping his girl­friend Lacey home.

“I just got out and some­one came and turned the en­gine off.

“I rang my grandad and told him what hap­pened. I don’t know how it went up in flames. I’ve got just a cou­ple of cuts on my legs and a bad chest from the seat­belt. I also have a mas­sive headache from the air bag.

“The re­cov­ery man said when he came to pick it up, he lifted the car and the en­gine just fell out the bot­tom.”

Chris, who passed his test in March, said speed was not a fac­tor as the car is fit­ted with a black box, which mon­i­tors his driv­ing for in­sur­ance pur­poses.

His nan Julie, 63, who brought Chris up with his grandad, Colin, 64, said: “We think Mel was look­ing out for him and ev­ery­one has said that.

“The car is noth­ing, we are not both­ered. It’s just a tin box. We are glad he got out.

“The po­lice were re­ally good. They said it was just an ac­ci­dent.”

Fire­fight­ers from Brid­gend also at­tended and the road was blocked while the fire was ex­tin­guished.

Chris Crump­ton be­lieves his mur­dered mum Me­lanie Els­bury, above, was look­ing out for him and saved his life af­ter his car crashed, left

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