‘ My wife can’t believe the girls are still alive’
THE family of a young woman who walked away from a highimpact crash that split her car in two can’t believe she survived.
Mariam Yousif, 21, and her best friend Sarah Batto, 20, were pulled from the wreckage of Mariam’s Mitsubishi Lancer after it crashed into a power pole at Smithfield in Sydney’s southwest on Friday night.
Mariam told her parents she lost control of her car in the rain and tried to brake before she slammed into the pole on Cumberland Highway about 8.20pm.
When emergency services arrived, they found Mariam’s prized car had been completely split in half with flames engulfing the bonnet.
According to Traffic and Highway Patrol Inspector Phil Brooks, Sarah, who was the front-seat passenger, went through the front windscreen, while Mariam managed to climb out of the wreckage.
Mariam’s father Wail Yousif said a passer-by stayed with them until paramedics arrived.
“To him I say thank you because he saved their lives. My wife can’t believe they are still alive when you see the car. It’s not easy for mum and dad to see this,” Mr Yousif said.
Despite the impact of the crash, Sarah suffered only a fractured nose and Mariam had aches and pains to her limbs.
Officers from Cumberland Police Area Command are investigating the crash.
Mariam Yousif in a photo from Facebook and (above) the crash she was lucky