Flip car woman speaks of relief

A woman has spoken of her relief after she escaped unhurt from an overturned car – which flipped when she suffered a fit of sneezes.Field sales executive Kellie Sharp crashed the car as she was turning into Penshurst Road, Ipswich, and collided with a parked Peugeot 206.

A woman has spoken of her relief after she escaped unhurt from an overturned car – which flipped when she suffered a fit of sneezes.

Field sales executive Kellie Sharp crashed the car as she was turning into Penshurst Road, Ipswich, and collided with a parked Peugeot 206.

The hired Toyota Aventis flipped over after impact leaving the 23-year-old trapped inside.

"I can't believe that I wasn't seriously hurt. It was unreal," said Kellie, of High Road West, Felixstowe.


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"The police officer who arrived on the scene thought he was turning up to a major injury.

"All I ended up with was two scratches and swollen eyes."

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Kellie had recently started a new job and was following a colleague on the last call of the day when the accident happened at 4.35 pm on Wednesday.

"We were going at the normal speed," she said.

"I was coming round the corner and didn't have chance to assess the road because I had a sneezing fit.

"I don't know why the car flipped but was told it could have been the freezing conditions or the car may well have caught the bumper causing the car to turn over."

"Being upside down was so disorientating. I didn't know which direction I was facing. I think wearing a seatbelt stopped me from having a serious injury."

The colleague ahead of her, Michelle Shattock, rang her husband, Paul, who is in the fire service and the emergency services arrived on the scene within minutes.

The fire service freed her from the overturned car and Kellie was taken to Ipswich Hospital by ambulance and released that night. She thanked the emergency services.

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