Searching for an angel
Woman thanks ‘heroic’ saviours after crash
AS HER “world turned upside down” after a nightmare crash at Tewantin, the only thing that helped Michelle Cain through it was a gentle human touch.
Emergency services rushed to the rollover on Beckmans Rd and Wentworth St, Tewantin on Monday morning, taking more than an hour to cut Ms Cain and her 26-year-old son Jack from the wreckage.
Ms Cain said almost from the start a good Samaritan offered her a warm hand and reassuring words to help her through her ordeal.
Now, she’s hoping to meet with and personally thank the woman who made the day a lot easier to bear.
“I didn’t know where I was, I couldn’t even open my eyes,” Ms Cain said.
“She was sort of there before the rescuers and everything else and she found my fingers ... she stayed with me even when rescuers were doing that jaws of life. She was just like ‘hang in there Michelle’ and she kept touching my fingers and I’d just touch hers back.”
Ms Cain was taken to hospital with abdominal injuries, and is still “covered with bruises head to toe”.
She is recovering at home, but her son is still in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with a leg injury.
She says he has a long recovery ahead of him.
Looking back on the crash, Ms Cain said she was grateful to have the comforting presence of her mystery helper, along with the “heroic” emergency services workers.
“I didn’t want her to let go. And then she had to when they had to get the chainsaw (but), as soon as they stopped, her hand was there again and it was just reassuring that I was still alive,” she said.
“I’d really like to thank her and even the (emergency) rescuers ... even the police said they were surprised that we were alive.”
The Weyba Water truck driver said her business was “gone for now”, but Jack’s recovery was her main concern.
LUCKY ESCAPE: Michelle Cain and her son, Jack, were trapped for more than an hour after a serious crash at Tewantin on Monday.