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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
City crash horror for Ellen

A DUMFRIES woman caught up in the Carlisle city centre crash at the weekend has described how blood 'poured' from her face

Graphic designer Ellen Mitchell was on a night out on Saturday when a collision on Botchergate – a popular drinking area in the city – saw her and others rushed to the Cumberland Infirmary.
The shocking incident took place at around 7 pm and involved a taxi and a black Ford Fiesta.
Discussing her ordeal, 24-year-old Ellen said: “I had just walked outside for a cigarette.
“My memory of the actual accident and few minutes afterwards are very blurry, but I do remember thinking when I saw the car coming towards me ‘I can’t believe this is actually happening’.
“I remember blood pouring out of my face and just feeling very confused.”
She was taken to Accident and Emergency where she underwent a CT scan and x-ray to determine whether or not her leg was broken.
She said: “My pulse was at 140 and irregular and the paramedic had thought I had been knocked out briefly in the accident and might have been concussed. They let me leave hospital at around midnight, I was desperate to go.”
Now on the road to recovery, she added: “I’m feeling ok now, my face is very swollen and my body hurts everywhere but I’m just very grateful that nobody was really seriously hurt.
“I’m still in a bit of shock and just trying to process everything. I’m very grateful to my colleagues who sat with me and comforted me and came to pick me up from Dumfries.”
Police in Cumbria are still looking for witnesses to come forward.
Inspector Steve Minnikin said: “We have identified all those involved in the incident. Whilst there have been no arrests made, this is a live investigation and we would urge people to be responsible when discussing this case, particularly online.
“This was not a deliberate act. However, it was a serious road traffic collision which has left two people with serious injuries.
“I would urge anyone who witnessed what took place but has yet to come forward to contact the police immediately referencing incident 206 of 15 September 2018.”


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