Crash victim makes it down the aisle
PUBLISHED: 16:40 17 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:24 31 May 2010
A MAN who had to be cut free from his car after a motorway horror-crash was able to walk down the aisle with his fiancée just five days later - despite having a broken leg. On a foggy Monday morning, Alan Beech s white Mazda MX-5 slammed into a pile-up
A MAN who had to be cut free from his car after a motorway horror-crash was able to walk down the aisle with his fiancée just five days later - despite having a broken leg.
On a foggy Monday morning, Alan Beech's white Mazda MX-5 slammed into a pile-up that had just happened in front of him on the M11, near Saffron Walden.
Soon-to-be-married Mr Beech, 31, said: "I looked down at my right leg and saw it was at a right-angle. I had a second knee! I knew immediately I wouldn't make the honeymoon."
The crash happened on the northbound carriageway between junction eight at Stansted Airport and junction nine at Saffron Walden just before 8am on Monday February 18.
Cameraman Mr Beech, who was driving up to visit friends in Cambridge when he was involved in the crash, was released from Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, on Friday February 22 - just one day before his wedding.
"I really want to thank everyone who helped me to make it to my wedding alive," said Mr Beech. "The Saffron Walden and Newport fire crews were excellent and the staff at Addenbrooke's did a great job operating on my leg; they had to put a metal rod down the middle of the bone."
With the aid of crutches Mr Beech, from Buckinghamshire, married his fiancée Gallia at a ceremony in Petersfield, Hampshire, on Saturday February 23.
Mr Beech said it had been touch and go whether he would make it down the aisle. "After the accident I was taken to hospital, but they couldn't operate on my leg because it was too swollen," he said.
"They didn't perform the operation until Wednesday afternoon - it was a relief when I eventually made it into the theatre because if they had left it any later I wouldn't have made the wedding. I think the nurses were quite sympathetic to my situation!"
Newport station officer Neil Byford, who was first on the scene, said firefighters had to cut the doors off Mr Beech's car to get him out.
Mr Beech said: "I was driving next to a lorry at about 60mph when we went into a cloud, so I slowed down to about 50mph. When I emerged from the fog I saw I was about 30 metres away from a crash site. I slammed on the brakes, but it was too late."
The couple have postponed their honeymoon until their first anniversary, but Mr Beech is keeping the location a secret.