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Crash victim says thanks for everyone’s help

Accident on the westbound  carriageway of the A14, near Risby, on March 20, courtesy of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Accident on the westbound carriageway of the A14, near Risby, on March 20, courtesy of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust

A crash victim who thought he was going to die when his car rolled twice on the A14 says he has been given a new outlook on life.

When Jonathan Gleeson left his home in Forham All Saints last Thursday, he was expecting to spend the whole day working as a gardener in Newmarket.

But things took a dramatic turn when a lorry jackknifed up ahead, causing traffic to stop suddenly.

Despite hitting the brakes, the 45-year-old’s car rolled twice from the slow lane.

It landed on a bank to the side of the westbound carriage way of the A14, near Risby.

He said: “I remember every single thing. It was all in slow motion. I thought that was it. Things raced through my head. I was trying to take it all in. My heart was racing.”

The father-of-three, who was freed from his car by firefighters, was put on a stretcher and taken to West Suffolk Hospital by ambulance.

He said: “I walked out of the hospital the same day with bruising and no cuts or limbs missing. I was very lucky and feel as though somebody was watching over me really.”

Keen to thank the paramedics, fire service, police and hospital staff that looked after him, Jonathan is now looking to take part in a sponsored run to raise funds.

“I just want to say thank you – I don’t think they get enough thanks really,” he said.

He would also like to thank the motorists who ran to his assistance, one man who stood next to him and kept him calm by explaining what was happening and at least two others who phoned the emergency services.

“I have realised there are some really kind people around,” said Jonathan.

Andy Bates, who attended the incident along with East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust colleagues Scott Ballam and David Palmer, said: “We’re delighted to hear that the man involved has recovered well. We don’t do this job for the praise, we do it because we love helping people, but to hear from someone afterwards how much they appreciated our help is great.”

 

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