Sisters’ lucky escape from ‘scary’ crash

A photo of Jenna Fawcett's black Vaxhual Astra, which was badly damaged in a road traffic accident on the A18 in Thorne at about 6pm on Thursday February 11.
A photo of Jenna Fawcett's black Vaxhual Astra, which was badly damaged in a road traffic accident on the A18 in Thorne at about 6pm on Thursday February 11.

A driver and her sister say they are lucky to be alive after they swerved to avoid a car, careered down a verge and hit the side of a lorry.

Jenna Fawcett was driving home from work with her younger sister, Bethanie Fisher, when an oncoming car tried to overtake a lorry on the A18 in Thorne, Doncaster.

However, the car did not leave enough space or time for the manoeuvre, forcing Jenna to swerve in her black Vauxhall Astra.

The oncoming car – believed to be a Land Rover Discovery – then left the scene without stopping after the incident at 6pm on February 11.

Jenna, aged 27, said: “I went down the verge, almost into a ditch, and then my steering locked right and I went into the side of a transporter lorry.

“It was horrible and scary, but it could have been so much worse.”

Bethanie, aged 22, called the emergency services and Jenna was treated at the scene for injuries to her knee, neck and shoulders.

Jenna said: “I didn’t expect it to happen.

“I just couldn’t stop shaking and the paramedics said that it was adrenaline due to the shock.”

Jenna, who has been driving for eight years, says she is now a ‘very nervous passenger’ and is appealing for the driver of the Land Rover to come forward.

She said: “This has caused a lot of upset and it’s harder knowing that someone didn’t care enough to even stop.”

Bethanie, who was uninjured, said: “We won’t be taking that route ever again. I’m a learner driver and it has made me reconsider driving.

“Jenna’s always been such a careful and safe driver. I hope the person responsible has a right mind to come forward. It’s impossible that they didn’t know what damage they caused.

“We almost didn’t take that route as it looked like it was closed off, but it was just roadworks. It’s crazy to think that if we carried on along the motorway this wouldn’t have happened.”

Jenna is now waiting to find out if her car, which was badly damaged, has to be written off.

A police spokesman said: “Officers were called to a collision on the A18 in Thorne, at about 6pm on February 11.

“It is believed that four vehicles were involved. Some of the passengers involved are believed to have suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident.”

Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident number 871 of February 11, 2016.