“Heroic” Dad threw two-year-old to safety as Mum struck by runaway vehicle
A “careering car” rolled down a hill and into a tent where it struck Jenna O’Neill at the Conscious Tribal Gathering in north Wales on Saturday, July 24.
Jenna, 32 from Gloucestershire, who suffered life-changing injuries because of the accident, said that her two-year-old daughter was only saved by the quick-thinking of her husband, Stephen, who threw their daughter out of the path of the vehicle.
“We were sat outside our tent enjoying the sunshine having just had lunch,” said Ms O’Neill from the Forest of Dean.
“The camping fields were on a sharp incline. We, like many people, had camped at the bottom as it was the only shaded area.”
“My two-and-a-half year old toddler only survived this incident because my husband threw her out of the way of the car as it careered down the road,” said Mrs O’Neill from her hospital-bed in Stoke where she was airlifted to following the incident
“He’s a hero. Things would be very different if it wasn’t for his quick-thinking and fast actions.”
A North Wales Police spokesperson said they received reports that an “unoccupied vehicle had rolled downhill over a tent at a campsite near Corwen”, about 15 miles from Wrexham at 13:30 BST on Saturday.
The Welsh ambulance service confirmed that one person was flown by air ambulance to the major trauma unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, with two people taken to Wrexham’s Maelor Hospital by road in an ambulance.
Jenna, who is in a critical but stable condition in hospital, suffered 10 broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and a broken collar bone, as well as damaging both her liver and spleen, said that Ayla, her daughter, “escaped with cuts” and her “heroic” husband Stephen escaped with a fractured ankle.
“Mentally I keep going over what happened.” Said Jenna “I genuinely believed my whole family had died.”
“I’m really struggling with the fact that two days ago I was healthy and having fun with my family and now I’m unable to move in a hospital bed, unable to see my family as I’m so far from home due to Covid restrictions,”
“However all of this is manageable as I am so aware that it could have been so much worse if it wasn’t for the actions of my heroic husband throwing our toddler out of the way of the oncoming car. So I am grateful for their safety.”
North Wales Police have begun an investigation and are liaising with the Health and Safety Executive
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