Woman's face smashed in loose trailer horror
From the Bolton Evening News, first published Monday 27th Jul 1998.
SURGEONS spent five hours rebuilding a young woman's jaw yesterday after it was smashed by a runaway trailer. Suzanne Middlefell's face was badly cut and her jaw bone broken in two places when a box trailer broke free from the car towing it in Market Street, Little Lever on Saturday evening and mounted the pavement. Suzanne, 22, of Heaton Avenue, Little Lever had been on her way to visit an ill friend and was walking along the pavement when the accident happened.
Her parents, Eileen and David, knew nothing about the accident until they returned home last night from a weekend break to celebrate Eileen's birthday.
Suzanne, a telephone customer services operator, had been taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital and then transferred to Blackburn Royal Infirmary for surgery and they hurried to her bedside.
Mr Middlefell said: "The trailer hit her from behind so she doesn't know what happened. She said she thought she was going to die and she could have been killed."
Her mum added: "She certainly had her guardian angel looking after her."
Despite her injuries, her parents say Suzanne, who is a youth leader at St Andrew's Church, Radcliffe, is in remarkably good spirits.
Suzanne's parents also want to thank a man who rushed to help her immediately after the accident at 8.15pm on Saturday night and kept her calm until help arrived.
Police are investigating how the trailer, pulled by a Cavalier driven by Anthony Barnes, aged 31, of Grange Avenue, Little Lever, came to break free.
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