Dereham grandmother reunited with her dog Meg after serious car crash

A grandmother who is lucky to be alive after a car crash has been reunited with her beloved dog who was also injured in the accident.

Betty Carter, 77, of Yeats Way, Dereham, received a left wrist fracture, fractured ribs, a punctured lung, spinal injury, broken nose and bruises after the crash on Shipdham Road, Toftwood, on July 6.

The retired Cavell nurse was driving her Volkswagen Polo into Dereham when she was involved in a head-on collision with another car just after 6pm. Her West Highland terrier, Meg, was in a harness in the back of the car and received �400 worth of treatment at Larwood and Kennedy Veterinary Surgeons in Wellington Road, Dereham.

Mrs Carter was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and returned home on Friday, August 3.

She said: 'Having been in the car with me, Meg is as battered and bruised as I am. I remember thinking: 'I'm going to hit that car.' I remember the crunch and when I stopped my seat had gone forward on the runners and had locked.'

The road on her side was clear before the crash happened and Mrs Carter remembers looking in her rear view mirror for a second before the collision took place. She was returning from Anemas Farm Shop and was on her way to dropping off groceries to the Dereham foodbank at the Wellspring Family Church. Only her tea and coffee tins remained undamaged after the crash.

Mrs Carter's granddaughter, Katrina Gallant, 24, said: 'We were all very upset. It was a very close call. We are very lucky to have her here still.'

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Before the crash, the grandmother had an active life and took Meg out for two walks each day, attended Dereham Baptist Church, helped at the mums and toddlers group at Toftwood Village Hall, and looked after her brother-in-law.

Speaking about Meg, who she got from the Snetterton Dogs Trust centre, Mrs Carter said: 'I was so thrilled to get her back. I have spoilt her and she even gets on the bed with me for cuddles. I have never allowed a dog on the bed before.'

sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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