Mother and Daughter in Head-on Smash

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 31 May 2010

A MOTHER had to be cut free from her car while her young daughter watched on in horror, following a crash in Wendens Ambo yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. The head-on collision happened at about 1.20pm, when a blue Mazda and a silver Ford Mondeo came toget

A MOTHER had to be cut free from her car while her young daughter watched on in horror, following a crash in Wendens Ambo yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.

The head-on collision happened at about 1.20pm, when a blue Mazda and a silver Ford Mondeo came together a short distance outside Wendens Ambo on the Royston road.

Saffron Walden Fire Station officer Paul Curtis, one of the first on the scene, said: "Initially we feared that the woman who was driving the Mazda had suffered serious leg injuries.

"She was trapped in the car by her legs and in a lot of pain. Normally under those circumstances, with that kind of impact, occupants suffer broken legs and ankles, but once we'd got her out of the car it became clear that she had fortunately not suffered any major injuries.

"It took us 45 minutes to free her using hydraulic cutting equipment. Her daughter, who I estimate was aged between eight and 10, didn't suffer any serious injury. The man who had been driving the Mondeo was also okay."

Police closed the road for two hours while they investigated the cause of the accident and recovered the vehicles. It was reopened at around 3.30pm.

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