Driver of car in fire engine crash says she feels ‘lucky to be alive’

A teenager, who was driving the car involved in a serious collision with a fire engine responding to an emergency call, has said she feels ‘lucky to be alive’.

Dozens of emergency vehicles, including the air ambulance, rushed to the scene of the crash on Westfield Way in North Swindon at around 8.30pm, 3 August.

Two women, an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old, were cut free from the vehicle they were travelling in after colliding with a fire engine on a blue light run from Stratton Fire Station.

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Talking to Swindon 24, the young driver who wanted to remain anonymous said: “I want to say a massive thank you to all of the emergency services that came to mine, and my friend’s aid, after our collision with a fire engine.

“I don’t remember much about the crash, but having seen photos of the scene immediately after the crash, I was shocked. Luckily, myself and my friend suffered only minor injuries and we feel very lucky to be alive.”

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service say police are investigating the crash.

“Wiltshire Police is now investigating the circumstances of the crash, with the full co-operation of the fire and rescue service”, a fire service spokesperson confirmed. “An internal investigation is also underway.”