A mother-of-five has relived the terrifying moment when a huge tree branch smashed through the windshield of her car and fatal glass shards fell in her eyes and hair.
According to the Irish Mirror, Christine McDermott from County Wexford was driving towards New Ross last Thursday night when the unbelievable happened.
She recalled: “It was just a light drizzle that was coming down and I was driving slow because I am a safe driver when all of a sudden this massive branch came through the windscreen and smashed into the dashboard. I was in total shock but stayed calm enough to pull in off the road. I rang my partner Anthony Lanigan and told him what happened but before he arrived on the scene another driver came to help me,” reports the Irish Mirror.
“I literally escaped death. If I was going any faster the branch would have gone straight through me, I know just how lucky I was,” she added, reports The Mirror.
When Anthony arrived, he asked if an ambulance had been called but was told there was none available.
He said, “I dialled 999 and to be fair to the guy on the phone he was brilliant, when I told him what had happened and that Christine was in shock he talked me through exactly what I should be doing and saying. But despite the fact this was clearly an emergency, no ambulance was sent our way, in fact, it was two and a half hours later when I got a call back to say one had been dispatched but I had to tell them we were already at home by that stage,” reports the Irish Mirror.
The couple live in the countryside and currently have to use a rental vehicle as their insurance company has declared the accident an act of nature and refuses to replace the disused seven-seater Ford S-Max.
Anthony said: “It is drizzling rain here today and Christine is really nervous about driving the kids to and from school because the conditions are similar to the night of her accident,” reports the Irish Mirror.
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