‘My friend told me to get out – she saved my life’

Mum es­capes as car crushed

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - COMMENT - By David Ewen

AN ABERDEEN mum-oftwo to­day de­scribed how she scram­bled to flee her car mo­ments be­fore it was crushed by a lorry.

Karen Mor­ri­son watched from a verge as the mas­sive ve­hi­cle ploughed into her Nis­san Primera.

Only min­utes ear­lier she had been fran­ti­cally try­ing to es­cape the car af­ter it broke down on the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee dual car­riage­way.

The so­cial worker re­vealed how a friend she had called on her mo­bile phone saved her life by or­der­ing her out of the car.

Karen, 51, said: “She said ‘get out of the car!’”

“But I couldn’t open the door be­cause of the traf­fic go­ing past.

“It was ter­ri­fy­ing, re­ally scary.

“I couldn’t be­lieve how many peo­ple didn’t see me and had to swerve.

“Some sounded their horns and gave me ag­gres­sive looks.

“Thank good­ness my friend was say­ing get out.

“If she hadn’t, I’d have been sitting there wait­ing for re­cov­ery.”

The lunchtime drama hap­pened when Karen was head­ing for Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, for work.

Her car en­gine cut out when she was in the out­side lane near For­far.

Karen, of the city’s Wood­side, said: “Luck­ily the road was quiet at that point.

“I man­aged to pull into the side lane but the car wouldn’t go on to the verge.”

Af­ter putting on her haz­ard lights she called a break­down ser­vice, then rang her aunt and her friend.

When there was a break in the traf­fic she was even­tu­ally able to clam­ber out of the car.

And once free, she climbed up on the verge and phoned po­lice.

Karen said: “I said ‘some­one’s go­ing to hit my car’. I saw the lorry com­ing down the road straight for the car.

“I just thought ‘oh my God’ – I thought the driver was go­ing to be killed.”

The lorry flat­tened the back of the Nis­san, pushed the car down the road, and shunted it into a pass­ing Peu­geot 306.

Luck­ily, the fe­male driver of the Peu­geot was un­hurt, as was the lorry driver.

A Tay­side Po­lice of­fi­cer – who didn’t re­alise the squashed Nis­san was empty – told Karen he was “sick to the stom­ach” on see­ing the wreck­age.

SMASH: Tail­backs, left, and the lorry. WRECKED: The dam­aged Nis­san Primera which was crushed by a lorry on the A90, and, right, mu­mof-two Karen Mor­ri­son.

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