AN 83-YEAR-OLD driver had an amazing escape after a horrific car smash outside a Scarborough nursery.
The pensioner’s Fiat Panda hit a stationary Ford Fiesta, which contained a three-year-old passenger, causing the Fiat to overturn and land in the central reservation of Columbus Ravine, near the Kwik-Fit garage, yesterday.
Emergency services raced to the scene after receiving reports that the driver had sustained a serious injury, but they found him alert and trapped only by his seatbelt.
The 83-year-old suffered no injuries, although he was kept in Scarborough Hospital for tests.
The three-year-old girl in the Fiesta was unhurt and her 23-year-old mother, who was waiting to reverse-park when the collision happened, suffered whiplash injuries.
TC Mark Gonalla, who was investigating the accident, said: “We were expecting the worst, but when we got here the man was conscious and talking.
“When you look at the compression to the roof he has been very fortunate to come out without serious injuries.”
Another police officer who attended the scene, PC Dave Kirk, said: “He has been very, very lucky going from what the ambulance people were saying.”
The accident happened at 9:30am, as parents were dropping their young children off at the nearby Little Footsteps nursery.
It is understood that the 23-year-old mother in the Fiesta, who was examined by paramedics at the scene, was one of the parents who was dropping a child off.
Describing the incident, TC Gonalla added: “The Fiat has been travelling towards Northway, when for reasons which are currently unknown it has collided with the Fiesta, which was stationary and waiting to reverse park.
“The Fiat clipped the rear end of the Fiesta. At this time, and we don’t yet know exactly how, it came to flip over.
“It is more than likely that the Fiat has at some time tried to swerve.”
The car containing the mother and daughter was forced into a third car, a blue Peugeot 106, causing minor damage. The car was owned by a worker in the Little Footsteps nursery and was unoccupied at the time.
Columbus Ravine was closed for an hour following the collision.
Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact TC Gonalla on 0845 6060247, quoting reference number 12110125358.