A woman has thanked ‘selfless’ hospital staff for saving her life after she plunged down a 50ft ravine.
Rochelle Garner was following her partner’s car on the A62, when she suddenly skidded into Rishworth Moor, a steep bank in between Rochdale and Huddersfield.
Escaping with just minor cuts and bruises, she has described how she managed to pull herself to safety while injured and has praised rescue volunteers and staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for their ‘fantastic job’.
Rochelle Garner was following her partners car in heavy rain when she skidded off the A62.
Rochelle, 31, from Ripponden near Halifax, but originally from Whitefield,Bury, was her sister’s house when the incident happened.
As she cornered a bend on the A672 in the heavy rain, Rochelle skidded and left the road.
She was was rescued by emergency services and volunteers before she was rushed to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where she was discharged with minor injuries
She said: ‘I recall the vehicle flipping three times and then it stopped and was resting on the passenger side and I noticed smoke coming from under the dashboard on the left.
‘I climbed up to the driver’s side door and pushed the door up which was very heavy. I managed to climb out and jump off the car when I saw my partner run down the hill so I ran to her and she told me to sit down.’
Emergency services were called and a doctor gave Rochelle oxygen before volunteers pulled her up the banking on a stretcher to be treated by waiting ambulance staff.
The 31-year-old has thanked both the hospital and the mountain rescue staff for being amazing’
Rochelle, who aptly works as a motor claims advisor, was taken to the trauma unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, but was later discharged with minor injuries.
She said: ‘I was lifted up to the top of the hill by the mountain rescue and what a fantastic job everyone did, it was so well organised and I felt really safe in their hands.’
Rochelle added: ‘From the moment the emergency services arrived on the scene and to leaving the trauma unit at Huddersfield the care I received was amazing and to learn that some of the people who helped with the rescue were volunteers amazes me more.’
‘No words could truly express my gratitude to these selfless people.’
Rochelle’s head was left swollen following the accident, but she is now recovering and taking things easy.
She added: ‘I am making good recovery, just a little exhausted.’