Source: Middleton & North Manchester Guardian
Published: 9th March 2006
A 91-YEAR-OLD woman miraculously escaped unharmed from an horrific car smash in Alkrington - and she thinks it's her coat that saved her life.
Careful Dorothy Newton, of Laburnum Road, Moorclose, was driving her Smart car from Uplands into Mount Road when, before she knew it, her foot slipped onto the accelerator and she had hurtled across the junction.
Luckily for the sprightly pensioner no other cars were travelling along the carriage-way at the time, which could have resulted in a crash. As she sped towards a garden fence Dorothy attempted to pull her vehicle away but unfortunately sent it into a roll and it finally settled on its roof, badly damaged.
Guardian correspondent Harold Cunliffe happened to be passing the accident scene at the time. When he discovered the road closed because of the smash, and the number of emergency service vehicles at the scene, he was convinced someone must have died.
But unbelievably Dorothy, who was wrapped up snugly in her thick fur coat, came away without so much as a scratch.
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