A MAN has issued a heartfelt thanks to a lorry driver who rushed to his rescue following a horrific car crash.
Gary Talbot said the unknown motorist came to his aid after his car smashed into some trees on the A14, outside Bury St Edmunds, in the early hours of the morning.
The 49-year-old’s leg was shattered and he suffered numerous cuts and bruises while his car was written off.
He said: “My head was pouring with blood and my leg was in agony.
“If it hadn’t of been for that lorry driver, who spotted the car in the trees, I wouldn’t be here today.
“I want to thank him and the emergency services as well.”
Mr Talbot was driving home to Risby after visiting his girlfriend in Elmswell on July 28 and was approaching the Bury turn off when a deer shot out in front of him.
He swerved into the side of the road and the car spun up a bank before colliding into the trees.
Mr Talbot said: “It was just bang, bang, bang and the lights just flashed above me. I can’t remember anything until this bloke was there. He said he had called the emergency services.
“He had been driving by and seen me out of the corner of his eye.
“God knows if it hadn’t been for him, I don’t know what would have happened.
“The police did a breathalyser test but I don’t drink so it was all right.
“They had to close the A14 off.”
After being cut free by the fire service, he was rushed to West Suffolk Hospital, where he received an operation on his leg.
He was discharged a week later and is now housebound as he has to keep his leg elevated for six to eight weeks.
His Nissan Primera was deemed a write off.
Mr Talbot, of South Street, who is also disabled, added: “I’ve never had a car crash or broken bone in my life.
“My mate saw the car and said he didn’t know how I walked away from it.
“The whole front had been pushed straight into the windscreen.”
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