‘My friend told me to get out – she saved my life’
Mum escapes as car crushed
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.