‘ My wife can’t believe the girls are still alive’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - AVA BENNY- MOR­RI­SON

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.

to sur­vive.

Mariam Yousif in a photo from Face­book and (above) the crash she was lucky

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