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Journalist injured as she reports on road smash

A reporter on a daily-turned-weekly newspaper is recovering from leg injuries after being involved in a serious road collision.

Torquay Herald Express journalist Colleen Smith, left, was reporting on accident on the A379 between Labrador Bay and Shaldon in Devon when a second collision occurred on Monday afternoon.

Mum-of-three Colleen had been standing by a fire engine when a vehicle travelling in the direction of Torquay collided with a stationary fire appliance from Teignmouth.

The reporter told the Herald Express that if she had not spotted the car and started running, she could have been killed.

“It feel like it was a such a miracle” she told the paper from her Torquay home.

“I can’t believe that I am here and that I am ok.”

Emergency services had been dealing with the original incident in which a 94-year-old-driver escaped unhurt after his car was in collision with a nearby house.

The 94-year-old driver was removed from the car and was said to be shaken up, but had not suffered any serious injuries.

Colleen was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Torbay Hospital by ambulance.

She was discharged later on Monday.

A spokesman for the police said the driver of a red Renault Clio, 18, had been reported for driving without due care and attention.



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  • January 16, 2014 at 10:34 am

    And how old is the driver of the Clio?!!!

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  • January 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Sorry, “Semantics”, but you’ve missed my point. Read the last par again – properly this time – and you’ll see that the Clio is 18 years’ old.

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