Driver searches for good samaritan who helped after high-speed A47 crash near Norwich
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A young woman whose car span out of control at 70mph is trying to find the good samaritan who stopped to help her.
Jade Harrington, 22, was on her way to work at Aviva at Broadland Business Park when she crashed into the central reservation on the A47.
She had set out from her home in Stafford Avenue, Costessey as normal but was caught out by standing water in the dual carriageway, which caused her Vauxhall Astra to aquaplane.
Miss Harrington was approaching the B1108 exit eastbound when it happened in the morning rush hour on Wednesday.
'It happened instantly,' she said. 'The road drops down, it was raining heavily and my car just pulled right towards the central reservation.
'I tried to pull it back then I span.
'I drive on the A47 every day to work and I was in so much shock.'
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She said she felt a pain in her neck, realised her vehicle had smashed into the central barrier and was facing oncoming traffic and burst into tears.
A good samaritan stopped his car at the side of the road and went to help her.
He helped her move to his vehicle, and Miss Harrington believes this is because her car was at risk of being hit by another vehicle.
The mystery man then helped paramedics when they arrived.
She remembers that his Christian name was Liam, that he worked at a repair centre in the Wymondham area and she is keen to thank him in person.
Miss Harrington was taken to A&E by ambulance and discharged after scans on her neck.
She admitted she had a lucky escape as traffic was light, but it could easily have been a pile-up.
'I'm so happy nobody else was involved as I don't know what might have happened,' she said.
Emergency services were called to the single-vehicle crash on the A47 near Norwich.
Miss Harrington's vehicle aquaplaned, span and hit the central reservation facing the wrong way, then a good samaritan helped her into his vehicle.
It is thought this was because her car was in a hazardous position, in the middle of the dual carriageway, and Miss Harrington added dust from the airbag may have been mistaken for smoke, giving the impression the car was on fire.
Emergency services said the man should not have moved her as she may have a neck injury.
Fire fighters said they may have to cut the roof off his vehicle, a fairly new car, and he was willing for this to happen.
But Miss Harrington insisted they did not do this.
She was put on a neck board and taken to the Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital by ambulance, and discharged after CT scans.
The A47 was completely blocked while emergency services dealt with the incident, which happened at around 8.15am on Wednesday.
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