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Family's double accident horror

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:51 03 July 2010

TRAGEDY was narrowly averted after a husband crashed his car on the way to the scene of an accident involving his wife and daughter.

Hayley Gall, 36, and 18-year-old Shaunna, were in a car involved in a collision with another vehicle at the crossroads by the Wheelstop Restaurant on Scratby Road while returning from the vets with their pet parrot.

TRAGEDY was narrowly averted after a husband crashed his car on the way to the scene of an accident involving his wife and daughter.

Hayley Gall, 36, and 18-year-old Shaunna, were in a car involved in a collision with another vehicle at the crossroads by the Wheelstop Restaurant on Scratby Road while returning from the vets with their pet parrot.

Having set out after receiving news of the accident around 9.15am, husband Philip Gall skidded off a wet corner on

the A149, hitting a bollard

and slamming into a give-way sign.

The crash caused £7,000 of damage to Mr Gall's Ford Mondeo.

Police at his crash took him to the scene of the first collision, where the fire service was freeing the pair by cutting open the crumpled body of the written-off vehicle.

Despite the severity of both crashes, both husband and wife escaped with minor injuries, and Shaunna, who suffered a cracked sternum, was released from the James Paget UniversityHospital later

that day.

The parrot, a four-year-old African Grey named Barney, was in a box on the back

seat and was also unharmed during the accident, which happened on Friday, November 20.

Mary Gall received a call from son Philip, who runs his own paving business, shortly after he had crashed.

She said: “I was devastated and we had to choose which crash to go to, but Philip said he was okay and we should

go to where my daughter-in-law was.

“The parrot, which normally talks all the time, was by

that point completely silent.”

Mary Gall thanked those who helped in the accidents, including the Yarmouth emergency services and a Halls lorry driver named Darren who helped at the scene of the first collision.


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