“We could have been killed” – Padiham crash mum

Mrs Cathy Ingham's Ford Focus after the crash. (s)
Mrs Cathy Ingham's Ford Focus after the crash. (s)

The Padiham mum who was left unconscious after a car rammed into hers at high speed has said she and her children could easily have been killed.

Mrs Cathy Ingham was driving along Abingdon Road on Wednesday, April 1st, when a black Renault Clio, travelling up Cambirdge Drive, smashed into the side of her Ford Focus.

She was knocked unconscious along with her 12-year-old son Owen, who also suffered a broken wrist. Fourteen-year-old Lewis, who was in the back, was left shaken but still managed to help get his mum out of the car.

“I can’t remember much about what happened because I was immediately knocked unconscious,” said Mrs Ingham. “The airbags came out which is what knocked me and Owen unconscious. Lewis was badly shaken as well but he got out and managed to get me to the side of the street.

“I’ve given a statement to the police and they believe the other car was probably travelling at around 50mph. He hit a number of vehicles before crashing into me. It spun the car around twice. He could have killed us.”

The force of the impact knocked the written-off Focus almost halfway down Wytham Street while the Clio ploughed into the corner house.

It is thought a man wearing a grey tracksuit, and possibly a woman with a white handbag and a black coat, made off along Thompson Street. One them was limping.

Mrs Ingham, who said she was still aching all over, said: “When my son got out of the car he saw the lad who had been in the other car. He just shouted ‘quick, run’ and they were both laughing.

“It was a really traumatic experience but everybody who came out to help was so nice.”

Anybody with information is asked to call police on 101 or contact PC Gavin Wesley or PC Carl Richards at the Road Policing Unit on 472481 quoting log number 1140.