Pensioner recounts Alnwick car-park crash ordeal

Pat Havell recovering in Blyth Hospital.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Pat Havell recovering in Blyth Hospital.'Picture by Jane Coltman

An elderly pedestrian who suffered serious injuries after a car crashed through fencing and hit a skip has relived her ‘frightening’ ordeal.

Pat Havell fractured her two collarbones, as well as her pubic bone, and sustained a head wound, in the dramatic incident in Alnwick on Friday morning, which happened alongside Morrisons car park, between the store and the bus station.

Crash at Morrisons in Alnwick in which a car has ploughed through barriers and into skips.

Crash at Morrisons in Alnwick in which a car has ploughed through barriers and into skips.

The 75-year-old, who was on holiday at the time with husband Chris, had just stepped off the bus when the Vauxhall Insignia, driven by an elderly man, ploughed into a skip on the other side.

The smash sent the grandmother-of-one crashing to the ground. First-aiders from Morrisons and onlookers rushed to her aid, before ambulance crews arrived. She was taken to hospital in Cramlington, before being transferred to Blyth.

Speaking from hospital on Tuesday, the mother-of-two from North London told the Gazette: “It was very frightening and it could have been a lot worse. It’s all been very nasty.

“I don’t think I will be able to look at a skip again without my heart sinking. The whole thing happened so quickly. I heard this huge bang, like an explosion, and then the next thing I knew, I was on the ground and I was in pain.

The car being removed from the scene.

The car being removed from the scene.

“I don’t really know what hit me, it could have been debris from the skip, but I’m not sure. When I got to the hospital in Cramlington I must have gone into shock and I was shaking like a blancmange.”

She added: “We were on a walking holiday and staying in Wooler, but we decided not to go walking on the Friday and opted to explore Alnwick. Had we not decided to do that, this wouldn’t have happened.”

Chris, 72, thanked everyone who helped, including the first-aiders from Morrisons, a woman who called for the ambulance and PCs Eddie Stocks and Sandra Belisle.

The driver of the car was uninjured, but was said to be shocked by the incident. A police spokeswoman said inquiries are ongoing and witnesses should call 101 ext 69191.