A YOUNG woman who is lucky to be alive after a horror crash on her way to work has been reunited with a good Samaritan who came to her aid.
Rebecca Lee was driving to work at 6.35am in her Vauxhall Corsa along the A689 out of Hartlepool, when the vehicle skidded on ice as it approached Newton Bewley.
The car span out of control and flipped over several times, before landing on its roof in a farmer’s field.
A fence post plunged right through the car, from the passenger side window and through the windscreen, just inches away from the 21-year-old’s head.
The shocked and shaken office worker managed to crawl from the wreckage through the shattered glass in the driver’s side window and managed to stagger screaming and crying onto the side of the A689.
Despite her desperate attempts to attract other drivers’ attention by waving around a high-visibility jacket from her workplace, no-one stopped to help her.
Fortunately father and son, Ian Ferguson junior and Ian Ferguson senior, saw what happened, stopped to help, and while Ian junior ran to her aid, his dad reversed his vehicle back down the dual carriageway to where she was standing.
The emergency services were called and Rebecca, who is known as Becky and lives with her mum Wendy Lee, in Saffron Walk, in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, was taken to hospital.
She was lucky enough to escape the crash with severe bruising, but was left extremely shaken up.
Wendy told the Mail that the family want to thank the two Ians for potentially saving Rebecca’s life in stopping to help her as she feared her daughter may have collapsed at the side of the road.
Wendy, 49, said: “We’re so grateful that they stopped, because she could have fallen over in the road or anything.
“It was absolutely freezing, it was pitch black, and she only had one shoe on. She’d lost her phone as well with the car being on its roof so she couldn’t phone for help.
“If they hadn’t have helped her, God knows what could have happened. There are some decent people in Hartlepool, and this proves it.”
She added: “One of the paramedics who was at the scene managed to find her phone and took the photographs of the mangled wreckage of the car to show Rebecca how lucky she was.
“He said that he doesn’t know how she survived, the car is a complete write-off. He said he had seen cars with less damage and the people had lost their lives.
“The fence post that went through the car was just inches away from her. It could have took her head clean off, or if there had been a passenger in there it would have been fatal.
“We’ve been so lucky to still have her here.”
Ian junior said Rebecca fell into his arms when he ran over to her on that morning, of December 29.
The 35-year-old dad-of-two from the Rossmere area of Hartlepool, said: “Me and my dad were on our way to work and I saw two headlights in a field. It wasn’t until we got closer that I saw Becky waving her high-vis jacket.
“It took my dad a while to stop because of the conditions. I ran to her and as soon as I got hold of her she collapsed. She must have used all her energy to get to the side of the road.”
He added: “I was in shock for a while after and I kept thinking what we could have found. She’s a very lucky lass.”
Wendy added: “Rebecca has been left traumatised by it, I’ve even had to sleep with her on a night. She’s been left really shaken up.”