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Woman thanks ‘heroic’ saviours af­ter crash

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - PETER GAR­DINER

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.

Photo: Caitlin Zer­afa

LUCKY ESCAPE: Michelle Cain and her son, Jack, were trapped for more than an hour af­ter a se­ri­ous crash at Te­wantin on Mon­day.

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