Mum tells of crash scare

A MOTHER who had to be cut out of her car by firefighters following a crash has today said it was one of the scariest times in her life.Julie Baker, 25, plunged into shock when she was unable to move her neck after her car was involved in a collision with another vehicle near Stoke Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.

A MOTHER who had to be cut out of her car by firefighters following a crash has today said it was one of the scariest times in her life.

Julie Baker, 25, plunged into shock when she was unable to move her neck after her car was involved in a collision with another vehicle near Stoke Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency services arrived at the scene and due to concerns about possible spinal injuries, firefighters were called to take off the roof of her car and carefully get her out.

Miss Baker, who had been on her way to pick up her two children from Hillside Primary School, in Belstead Avenue, when the crash happened, said: “I was sitting in a stationary car and then felt a shunt. I felt a tear in the back of my neck and I couldn't move.

“I was in a lot of shock and pain. The ambulance arrived and they found out I had pulled a few ligaments in my neck. They thought I might have spinal injuries, so the firefighters had to cut the roof off so they could get me out while keeping me upright.

“I did not have any feelings in my hands and legs and was pretty scared. Everyone kept on talking around me but I was in so much shock, I couldn't say anything. It was one of the scariest things I have been through.

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“Everyone was really great and explained what was happening. I cannot praise them enough.”

Following some x-rays at Ipswich Hospital, it was revealed that there was no spinal damage but she had torn some ligaments in her neck and suffered some whiplash. She was discharged the same day at about 8pm.

She added: “It still hasn't sunk in. I am on lots of strong painkillers. Even if I did have a car to drive, I would be too scared to at the moment.”

Long delays were caused during rush-hour traffic as police closed off the road while emergency services dealt with the incident.

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