Councillor becomes hero at Wickford crash scene

Crash scene – emergency services arrived within minutes

Crash scene – emergency services arrived within minutes

First published in News

A COUNCILLOR became a hero when he rescued two trapped women following a road crash in Wickford .

Basildon councillor John Dornan got involved in the dramatic rescue after two cars crashed into each other yesterday morning.

The collision left a black Chevrolet Tacuma lying upside down after it collided with a blue VW Polo at 10am on the A129 London Road, near to the junction with Castledon Road.

Mr Dornan, who lives in Laindon, was on his way to Wickord when the crash happened just in front of him.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it. I pulled over and ran out over the road to the first car I saw, which was the Polo.

“I pulled the driver out. I could smell petrol and I was really worried it was going to blow up.

“I took her to the other side of the road and then some other passers-by helped comfort her.

“Then to my horror I saw the driver of the car which had overturned was still trapped inside.”

By that time a handful of other drivers had stopped and were talking to the woman who was still upside down in the front seat.

They were unsure whether to leave the elderly woman for fear of injuring her, but Mr Dornan said he knew she had to come out.

He said: “I had this real fear the car was going to go up. The smell of petrol was really strong. To me the worst thing in the world would be to be stuck inside a burning car.

“I just yelled ‘we’ve got to get her out’ now!”

Together Mr Dornan, who is the councillor responsible for for the environment, and the other rescuers lifted the woman out and alerted the emergency services.

An ambulance was called, but neither of the drivers – both elderly women – were injured.

Mr Dornan added: “It’s a miracle these women didn’t have a scratch on them.

“I was expecting the worst.”

A police spokesman said an investigation has been launched into how the pile-up occurred.

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6:34pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Lefty Cyclist Type says...

That's a dodgy junction. It's possible one was trying to get from Castledon Road into Belmont Road. The trouble is there is very limited visibility to the right when pulling out of Castledon Road. It is very easy for cars to come over the hill from the direction of Billericay and not have time to stop.
That's a dodgy junction. It's possible one was trying to get from Castledon Road into Belmont Road. The trouble is there is very limited visibility to the right when pulling out of Castledon Road. It is very easy for cars to come over the hill from the direction of Billericay and not have time to stop. Lefty Cyclist Type
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6:50pm Tue 31 Jul 12

RobertFS says...

Well Done!
Well Done! RobertFS
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11:03pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Cowpatrectus says...

An extremely good deed done for the day. Well done !
An extremely good deed done for the day. Well done ! Cowpatrectus
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6:26am Wed 1 Aug 12

Brunning999 says...

Knowing that he is a Politician he will now get The George Cross medal.
Knowing that he is a Politician he will now get The George Cross medal. Brunning999
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8:59am Wed 1 Aug 12

Happylass says...

Whether a politican or not, he and the other helpers, without a thought to their own safety, rescued those two women. For all we know that car could have burst into flames within minutes and the results don't bear thinking about. The two ladies, must have had the shock of their lives, but I hope this does not affect them too much. I also hope the driver of the black car was uninjured, although he too, would have had an horrific shock.
Whether a politican or not, he and the other helpers, without a thought to their own safety, rescued those two women. For all we know that car could have burst into flames within minutes and the results don't bear thinking about. The two ladies, must have had the shock of their lives, but I hope this does not affect them too much. I also hope the driver of the black car was uninjured, although he too, would have had an horrific shock. Happylass
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10:25am Wed 1 Aug 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

Credit where credit's due.


At last, a counciller selflessly doing something to immediately benefit other people with no great ulterior motive.


Well done Mr Dornan and the other rescuers.
Credit where credit's due. At last, a counciller selflessly doing something to immediately benefit other people with no great ulterior motive. Well done Mr Dornan and the other rescuers. The Cater Wood Creeper
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6:43pm Wed 1 Aug 12

green green grass of home says...

http://ltgdc.org.uk/
planning/planning-co
mmittee-membership/

Alan Clark the go between for Nottinghamshire council and Basildon Council on the purchase of land at Bowers Gifford it has many finger prints all over it its time the truth came out

Now ask Mr.Do good Dorman what he knows about this lots its the answer so strange he blocks building in his own seat but happy if its in a Labour ward, i just hope they all think being the lambs Ball will slaughter to stay in a job is a comfort to them when they lose their seats.
http://ltgdc.org.uk/ planning/planning-co mmittee-membership/ Alan Clark the go between for Nottinghamshire council and Basildon Council on the purchase of land at Bowers Gifford it has many finger prints all over it its time the truth came out Now ask Mr.Do good Dorman what he knows about this lots its the answer so strange he blocks building in his own seat but happy if its in a Labour ward, i just hope they all think being the lambs Ball will slaughter to stay in a job is a comfort to them when they lose their seats. green green grass of home
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12:36am Fri 3 Aug 12

Trainman says...

Back in the 1980's following the Strong winds, several trees came down, including one I came across, and the front of a car that killed the driver, and found his step-daughter in the back seriously injured, so gave her First-Aid to the best of my ability, and said to have supposedly saved Her life. I wasn't a Councillor back then, but did get Very Much thanked for what I did at the time.

Title or NO title, I did NOT give a second thought other than to help this then child, now a woman and still in contact to this day.

This PROVES you don't HAVE to be a Councillor, or have ANY other title to help out at a crash.
Back in the 1980's following the Strong winds, several trees came down, including one I came across, and the front of a car that killed the driver, and found his step-daughter in the back seriously injured, so gave her First-Aid to the best of my ability, and said to have supposedly saved Her life. I wasn't a Councillor back then, but did get Very Much thanked for what I did at the time. Title or NO title, I did NOT give a second thought other than to help this then child, now a woman and still in contact to this day. This PROVES you don't HAVE to be a Councillor, or have ANY other title to help out at a crash. Trainman
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