Mum and baby escape death after truck flips over

Kim Neal, husband James and 11-month-old son Jensen, and, left, Kim's vehicle after the crash
Kim Neal, husband James and 11-month-old son Jensen, and, left, Kim's vehicle after the crash
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A MOTHER and baby were run off the road and left for dead.

Kim Neal, 27, and her 11-month-old son Jensen, of Manor Road, Carlby, were travelling from Carlby towards the crossroads of Essendine Road and Pickworth Road at about 3.20pm on Saturday when Kim’s Ford Ranger was forced off the road by a small silver coloured car.

The Ranger flipped over three times and landed about 500 yards away at the bottom of a hill with Kim and Jensen still inside. The silver car did not stop.

Kim said: “I remember everything, unfortunately. I drove over the top of the hill and the silver car was directly in my path so I swerved to miss it.

“There was a hump and the car rebounded over to the other side of the road and then flipped over.

“At the time I remember watching Jensen and thinking “I’m not going to get out of this.”

Jensen was strapped into his car seat next to Kim in the front seat and miraculously only received cuts from the broken glass of the windows. He also bit his tongue.

Kim said: “The first time the car landed on its roof all the windows smashed and Jensen started crying.

“I was really scared. The second time it rolled I felt my arm scrape against the road.

“Fortunately the car landed on its wheels.”

Within seconds of the car stopping Kim was approached by two cyclists who had seen the car roll down the hill. She said: “I took Jensen and gave him a cuddle and then passed him out of the window. He had blood in his mouth.

“I then climbed out of the window myself because I couldn’t open the door.

“My phone had fallen out of the car down the hill and the cyclists helped me to find it so that I could call my husband.”

Kim was on her way to Somerby Riding Stables to pick up her children Morgan, 11, and Karina, nine, after a riding lesson.

Her husband James, who is a car technician, was at home with their other two children Delecea, six, and Shelby, four. The couple will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary next week.

James said: “Working in the trade I know what it means when a car rolls three times. As soon as I got the call I jumped in the car with the children and drove to the scene.

“They were crying because they thought their mummy was seriously hurt.”

Kim and Jensen were taken to Peterborough City Hospital where Kim was treated for her injuries, including a swollen neck.

She said: “I am so grateful that Jensen’s baby seat held out. I dread to think what would have happened to him.

“The last situation you want to put your children in is an accident but he is completely unphased by it.

“He was bouncing on the bed at the hospital.”

Police have launched an appeal to track down the driver of the silver car.

Kim said: “I’m feeling annoyed by the situation. What kind of human would drive off and leave a car that had rolled that many times? Anything could have happened to us.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the cyclists who stopped to help us.

“They helped to calm me down and find my phone to call my husband and I’ll be eternally grateful.”

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the accident or who saw the small silver car at the time to come forward.

If you can help contact police on 101, quoting incident number 268 of April 21.