Female driver rescued as car flips in Wimbledon street

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A 23-year-old woman was rescued from her car by quick-thinking onlookers after it flipped onto its side on a busy Wimbledon road.

The driver was said to be shocked after the white Fiat 500 toppled over outside Mr Clutch Autocentres in Merton Road in front of dozens of shoppers.

Witnesses said the car's left hand side caught a bollard and flipped over when the driver tried to pull into the side of the road.

The unknown driver had been travelling along Merton Road from the direction of Morden near to South Wimbledon tube station when the incident happened.

Miraculously the woman only received a minor graze to her right wrist in the incident.

Mr Clutch Autocentres manager Emad Abdalla rushed to the woman's aid when he saw what had happened on Friday, January 24.

He was among a group of people who worked quickly to over-turn the car and get the woman out of the back seat while the emergency services were called by other onlookers.

Mr Abdalla said: "There was no other way to get her out - so I opened the boot and lowered the back seat.

"I got her out through the boot.

"She was fine."

Brushing off his actions, Mr Abdalla said: "It is one of those things.

"We just did it out of humanity.

"There were a lot of people standing around and not doing anything."

Mr Abdalla said that he has seen a lot of people hit the bollard on the pavement outside the garage, and that usually people dent their cars and drive off, but this woman was unlucky.

The London Ambulance Service attended the scene at 1.19pm following reports of a road traffic collision, where they treated the young woman for the wrist injury.

A spokesperson said that the woman was not taken to hospital. The car was towed by a recovery vehicle some time later.

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1:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Well done to all those people who helped her. I seem to remember a similar incident last year, when a vehicle rolled over outside South Wimbledon Stn. There also the people rallied & rolled the car back on it's wheels. I believe on that occasion they got a bit of a rollicking from Trumpton when they arrived.
What is it about the folk around there? They deserve everyone's thanks, because that would not happen in many other places.
Well done to all those people who helped her. I seem to remember a similar incident last year, when a vehicle rolled over outside South Wimbledon Stn. There also the people rallied & rolled the car back on it's wheels. I believe on that occasion they got a bit of a rollicking from Trumpton when they arrived. What is it about the folk around there? They deserve everyone's thanks, because that would not happen in many other places. Hove Ex-Pat

3:22pm Tue 28 Jan 14

RP_CPN says...

"I believe on that occasion they got a bit of a rollicking from Trumpton when they arrived."

Probably because the driver may have neck or back injuries which could be made worse by bystanders extracting them from the vehicle (and from the violent physical motion created when righting it).
"I believe on that occasion they got a bit of a rollicking from Trumpton when they arrived." Probably because the driver may have neck or back injuries which could be made worse by bystanders extracting them from the vehicle (and from the violent physical motion created when righting it). RP_CPN

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