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Woman's miraculous escape from crash that closed A39 for six hours

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

Saturday's crash at Bristol Hill, Wells

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There was a miraculous escape for one woman after a serious crash on the Bristol Hill, Wells, on Saturday.

The fire service used hydraulic equipment to free the woman, in her 20s, whose car was trapped in a precarious position against a wall.

She was taken by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital, in Bristol, for treatment.

The police have since said that her injuries are serious but not life threatening or life changing.

Four other casualties were taken to the Royal United Hospital, Bath, and treated for minor injuries.

The collision occurred at around 11.40am and involved a silver BMW and a black Volkswagen Golf.

The A39 road was closed for around six hours as the emergency services cleared the wreckage.

Saturday’s incident is just one of a number of accidents on the roads around Wells as autumn sets in.

A car ran into the Croscombe boundary stone, a driver knocked down a boundary wall of the Sherston Inn, in Wells, there was a collision between two cars in Shapwick and a double fatality on the Axbridge bypass, near Cheddar.

While not all of these incidents are being put down to the weather or the earlier sunsets, driving experts are urging caution at this time of year.

Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has issued stark warnings about the dangers of driving in the autumn.

Peter Rodger is IAM’s chief examiner and urged drivers to take extra care, particularly driving in the mornings.

“Remember that leaves can be slippery, especially when wet, so avoid hard acceleration or braking as it can cause skidding,” he said.

“Be aware that there may be a dip, pothole or other road hazard hiding under the leaves covering the road, and hold the wheel firmly if you must drive over them.”

Chief Inspector Yannis Georgiou gave this advice: “As the nights are drawing in it is a good time to conduct checks on your vehicles to make sure that lights and breaks are working and to allow extra time for your journey.”

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