Soldiers pull mum from 4x4 in ditch

PUBLISHED: 14:37 01 February 2007 | UPDATED: 10:08 31 May 2010

From left: Rosa Dunkley, JoJo Moyes, George Powell, Betty Rook and Oliver Cummins - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

From left: Rosa Dunkley, JoJo Moyes, George Powell, Betty Rook and Oliver Cummins - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

AUTHOR Jojo Moyes escaped unharmed when her 4x4 rolled into a ditch in Wimbish on Monday morning, an hour before she was due to present prizes to competition winners. Mrs Moyes, of Great Sampford, had just dropped two of her three children off at Debden P

AUTHOR Jojo Moyes escaped unharmed when her 4x4 rolled into a ditch in Wimbish on Monday morning, an hour before she was due to present prizes to competition winners.

Mrs Moyes, of Great Sampford, had just dropped two of her three children off at Debden Primary School and was returning home to prepare for the prize-giving ceremony in Saffron Walden.

As she drove along Elder Street, she lost control of her green Land Rover and the vehicle rolled over before coming to a halt in a ditch.

Carver Barracks soldiers came to her aid and pulled her from the wreckage.

"I can't believe I got out of the wreckage with just scratches and bruises, I really wouldn't want anyone else to go through it," she said.

"I just lost control of the car, skidded and ended up in the wrong lane facing oncoming traffic.

"The car rolled over and landed in the ditch but the army guys were there in seconds and they pulled me out of the door or window, I can't really remember now."

Three fire engines, police and paramedics went to the scene and the air ambulance was alerted but not needed.

"I do the journey between two and four times every day so it was very shocking," Mrs Moyes said.

"What made it worse was some of my neighbours saw the car on its roof in the ditch and saw the baby seat being pulled out, which must have been terrible for them.

"I know I have had a very lucky escape, and feel doubly lucky to live in a place where help was so forthcoming."

The author, whose new book Silver Bay is published next week, managed to attend the Mullucks

Wells Christmas Poetry Competition and arrived just a few minutes late.

"I must have been in shock as I ended up asking the police to drive me to Mullucks Wells as I didn't want to miss it," she said.

"The accident meant I wasn't as glamorous as I'd have liked to have been and had a bit of mud on me."

Rosa Dunkley, eight, of Thaxted Primary School, Betty Rook, five, of Dame Bradbury's School and George Powell, 11, of RA Butler Junior School in Saffron Walden, and Oliver Cummins, eight from Bishop's Stortford College won art boxes. RA Butler pupil Phoebe Herschdorfer was a runner-up and won a £10 book voucher.

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