Mum in A3072 crash near Holsworthy thanks emergency services for saving her son's life
THE mother of a four-year-old boy airlifted to hospital on Saturday wants to thank the passers by and emergency services staff who saved his life.
Rachele Accleton and her son Aaron were both seriously injured when her car overturned on the A3072 between Bude and Holsworthy at around 1.15pm.
Aaron suffered life-threatening head injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth before being transferred to Frenchay in Bristol. Mrs Accleton was airlifted to Derriford with three broken bones in her back.
Fire crews from Holsworthy, Bude and Bodmin, a search and rescue helicopter from RMB Chivenor and the Cornwall Air Ambulance attended the incident.
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With the blue Honda Jazz on its roof, firefighters had to free Aaron from the car, while Mrs Accleton was pulled free by passers-by, who had called the emergency services.
After the accident Mrs Accleton contacted the Journal through her cousin, Karen Grant.
Mrs Grant said Mrs Accleton had asked her to pass on her thanks to everyone who had helped after the accident.
"She wouldn't be here without their help and neither would Aaron," said Mrs Grant.
She said Mrs Accleton was not too sure how the crash had happened.
"It was all a bit of a blur," she said. "I think the weather changed and it started hailing.
"She said the car just skidded, she lost control and it ended up on its roof.
"Somebody saw what happened and called 999. A passer-by pulled Rachele out but Aaron was trapped."
Mrs Grant said since the accident Mrs Accleton is back on her feet, although she remains in hospital, and it looks like Aaron will recover from his injuries.
"Aaron's still quite poorly, but I think he's going to be OK," she said.
"Rachele's definitely very relieved.
"She's really grateful for all the help, the emergency services were fantastic."
Anyone who witnessed the crash can contact the police by calling 101, quoting reference number 367 20160313.