It is a miracle I got out of smash alive

Mangled – Michelle Anthony’s car was wrecked in the smash

Mangled – Michelle Anthony’s car was wrecked in the smash

First published in Echo News by

A WOMAN has spoken of her miracle escape from a horrific crash.

Michelle Anthony, 36, says the trauma of the crash last month has left her feeling scared to leave her home.

She was joining the A13 at Pitsea on her way to a hen weekend in Worthing when she suddenly noticed two cars parked in the left lane with their lights switched off.

She swerved to avoid them, but ended up skidding on surface water, smashing into the crash barrier and hitting another car.

Firefighters spent an hour cutting Mrs Anthony, from Basildon, out of her car after she became trapped.

She said: “I don’t know how I ended up without any broken bones. The police said to me I should have ended up dead, so it’s a miracle really.

“When I went to see my car after it had been towed away I just couldn’t believe it, the space I was cut out of was smaller than me.

“It really shook me up. I’m finding I’m just locking myself in the house.

“It could have been an absolute catastrophe.

“I still can’t believe people would stop on a busy road without their lights on, it is so dangerous.”

A section of the A13 was shut for four hours following the crash, which happened just after 7.30pm on January 17.

Mrs Anthony needed hospital treatment for head injuries, cuts and bruises.

It is thought the two motorists had stopped to have an argument on the roadside.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a road crash in Pitsea.

“A silver Ford Fiesta, white Fiat 500, blue Volkswagen Passatt and a blue Vauxhall Astra struck each other on the west bound carriageway of the A13. A section of the road was closed for four hours while the vehicles were recovered.

“Paramedics attended the scene and treated a number of people.”

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12:03pm Mon 17 Feb 14

TheaWells says...

"It is thought the two motorists had stopped to have an argument on the roadside"

I take it they made off before police or other witness' arrived then as otherwise one would know why they 'stopped'. Or is that Chloe Chapman and Mrs Anthony speculating?

If they've been found I hope they pay damages and costs, what a stupid thoughtless naive thing to do. They are lucky she DID swerve and not plough into them or there would be a whole new headline. :-(

Get better soon Mrs Anthony and don't let it prey on your mind for too long, this is a once in a lifetime incident, get out on the road again and don't let their stupidity make you a prisoner in your own home! Well done for swift action though!
"It is thought the two motorists had stopped to have an argument on the roadside" I take it they made off before police or other witness' arrived then as otherwise one would know why they 'stopped'. Or is that Chloe Chapman and Mrs Anthony speculating? If they've been found I hope they pay damages and costs, what a stupid thoughtless naive thing to do. They are lucky she DID swerve and not plough into them or there would be a whole new headline. :-( Get better soon Mrs Anthony and don't let it prey on your mind for too long, this is a once in a lifetime incident, get out on the road again and don't let their stupidity make you a prisoner in your own home! Well done for swift action though! TheaWells
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3:34pm Mon 17 Feb 14

I-say-you-say says...

Havig been involved in a similar incident when I was younger, I can appreciate Mrs Anthony's feelings on being lucky to be alive. However, if you are reading this Mrs Anthony, please do not stop yourself from going out or getting back on the road as soon as you possibly can.

I appreciate it's scary and after my accident, once the whiplash wore off, the first time I went out driving, I nearly had someone go into the back of me! But I persisted and although admittedly it took me a few years to be able to drive down the road I had my accident on, I can now do so without a second thought.

At the end of the day, accidents do happen (that is what insurance is for) and you are alive! Please go out and enjoy living!
Havig been involved in a similar incident when I was younger, I can appreciate Mrs Anthony's feelings on being lucky to be alive. However, if you are reading this Mrs Anthony, please do not stop yourself from going out or getting back on the road as soon as you possibly can. I appreciate it's scary and after my accident, once the whiplash wore off, the first time I went out driving, I nearly had someone go into the back of me! But I persisted and although admittedly it took me a few years to be able to drive down the road I had my accident on, I can now do so without a second thought. At the end of the day, accidents do happen (that is what insurance is for) and you are alive! Please go out and enjoy living! I-say-you-say
  • Score: 4

7:18pm Mon 17 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

Is the slip road a blind bend? Is it not lit, did she not have her lights on, was she going too fast?

Those are the first questions I'd be asking.

And check her phone records too whilst I was at it.
Is the slip road a blind bend? Is it not lit, did she not have her lights on, was she going too fast? Those are the first questions I'd be asking. And check her phone records too whilst I was at it. RochfordRob
  • Score: 3

11:11pm Mon 17 Feb 14

pendulum says...

The sliproads up to the A13 from Pitsea are indeed lit. If a driver ploughs in to a stationary vehicle, it 's generally the moving vehicle which is at fault, regardless of any lack of lighting or illegal parking. Drive so that you can stop in the distance you can SEE to be clear.
The sliproads up to the A13 from Pitsea are indeed lit. If a driver ploughs in to a stationary vehicle, it 's generally the moving vehicle which is at fault, regardless of any lack of lighting or illegal parking. Drive so that you can stop in the distance you can SEE to be clear. pendulum
  • Score: 3

12:21am Tue 18 Feb 14

smiffy22 says...

pendulum wrote:
The sliproads up to the A13 from Pitsea are indeed lit. If a driver ploughs in to a stationary vehicle, it 's generally the moving vehicle which is at fault, regardless of any lack of lighting or illegal parking. Drive so that you can stop in the distance you can SEE to be clear.
Someone speaking some sense at last. There are far too many lead-footed idiots on the road, happy to belt along the road without thinking or looking with any care at the road ahead. Let's hope she either learns from her experience, or hangs up her driving license for good, for everyone else's sake.
Granted, the pair parked up unlit were wallies for doing so, but there could have been any number of reasons for there being an obstruction in the road.
As the previous writer said, you need to drive in a way that allows you to stop in the length of road you can see to be clear. Anything else is blind faith and stupidity.
Regards,
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]pendulum[/bold] wrote: The sliproads up to the A13 from Pitsea are indeed lit. If a driver ploughs in to a stationary vehicle, it 's generally the moving vehicle which is at fault, regardless of any lack of lighting or illegal parking. Drive so that you can stop in the distance you can SEE to be clear.[/p][/quote]Someone speaking some sense at last. There are far too many lead-footed idiots on the road, happy to belt along the road without thinking or looking with any care at the road ahead. Let's hope she either learns from her experience, or hangs up her driving license for good, for everyone else's sake. Granted, the pair parked up unlit were wallies for doing so, but there could have been any number of reasons for there being an obstruction in the road. As the previous writer said, you need to drive in a way that allows you to stop in the length of road you can see to be clear. Anything else is blind faith and stupidity. Regards, Smiffy22 smiffy22
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