Mechanic 'lucky to be alive' after car crash in Bridgeman Street

Rob Scott steps out with girlfriend Sarah Jones

Rob Scott steps out with girlfriend Sarah Jones

Rob Scott steps out with girlfriend Sarah Jones

Rob Scott steps out with girlfriend Sarah Jones

Police at the accident scene

Police at the accident scene

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

A CAR technician seriously injured in a horror crash says he feels lucky to be on the road to recovery.

Rob Scott was airlifted to hospital after a Vauxhall Astra hit the Peugeot he was driving in Bridgeman Street, Bolton, close to Perrys Peugeot, where he works.

He suffered serious injuries including a broken right ankle, a broken left femur, pelvic fractures and facial fractures, and he had to be cut free from his car by firefighters.

The 26-year-old, who had been driving to work when the accident happened at 7.55am on Saturday, February 1, now relies on a wheelchair and crutches.

His ankle injury is expected to take the longest to heal.

Mr Scott, of Sidford Close, Darcy Lever, said: “I don’t remember anything from the crash. I remember driving to work but after that I remember coming around in the hospital later that day.

“Initially medical staff thought they were going to have to amputate my legs. They had the surgery team on stand-by.

“I feel lucky. You can’t dwell on the crash as you put yourself in a bad position. I am looking forward to the future.”

He spent about a week in Wythenshawe Hospital before being discharged. Mr Scott and Sarah Jones, his girlfriend of eight years, relocated to Breightmet for two months so he could be looked after by Yvonne Scott, his mother, at her home.

Mr Scott said: “You can’t beat your mum’s bacon butties when living at home. Sarah has been fantastic.

“It’s crazy because when I first came out of hospital I was waking up every two hours in pain and she was waking up with me, helping me with my painkillers through the night then going to work in the morning. She went through it all.

“Before the crash I did charity runs every year. I have raised money for Bolton Hospice and taken part in Tough Mudder and the HellRunner. When I next do one, it will have to be for the fire service.”

He receives physiotherapy each week and has been unable to return to work full-time but has been doing admin work four mornings a week.

The firefighters who helped Mr Scott paid him a visit at work earlier this month to see how he was getting on after the rescue.

Watch manager Karsten Boyle, from Bolton Central Fire Station, said: “We heard he was back at work so we went to see how he was. We were looking forward to seeing him as he was with us.

“Rob was conscious throughout the rescue but doesn’t remember anything. We were able to tell him what we did and how we did it.

"He was able to tell us about his injuries and how he is coping. The meeting was good for the crew to get feedback as we can appreciate what the driver was going through.

“It was great seeing Rob. It is always a pleasure to see people making a good recovery after an incident. I am sure he will get back to full health in the future.”

Mr Scott said he realised how serious the crash was after seeing firefighters’ photographs — he initially thought it was “just a bad bump” from a scene shot he had seen.

He gave the crews who helped him two crates of beer to say thank you.

Mr Scott also thanked the North West Air Ambulance, the fire service, his employer and everyone who has assisted him.

One man, thought to be the driver of the other car, was arrested following the crash but was released without charge.

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11:40am Mon 28 Apr 14

Bat E Karen says...

Good luck to him for the future!

I'll bet those photos of the car make him feel ill, but lucky.
Good luck to him for the future! I'll bet those photos of the car make him feel ill, but lucky. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 12

12:38pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Toybox says...

Best wishes for the future Rob, from all at Peugeot !
Best wishes for the future Rob, from all at Peugeot ! Toybox
  • Score: 14

1:05pm Mon 28 Apr 14

cliff4treasurer says...

Released without charge?
Released without charge? cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 12

1:48pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Wolfie190 says...

'One man, thought to be the driver of the other car, was arrested following the crash but was released without charge.' Some foreign criminal caused that crash and got away scot free. Welcome to broken Britain.
'One man, thought to be the driver of the other car, was arrested following the crash but was released without charge.' Some foreign criminal caused that crash and got away scot free. Welcome to broken Britain. Wolfie190
  • Score: 24

4:16pm Mon 28 Apr 14

miroku says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
Released without charge?
Isn't this the incident where the Police caught the other driver after he ran off and tried to hide in Sainsburys?
Charge him with leaving the scene of an accident at the very least!!!.
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: Released without charge?[/p][/quote]Isn't this the incident where the Police caught the other driver after he ran off and tried to hide in Sainsburys? Charge him with leaving the scene of an accident at the very least!!!. miroku
  • Score: 22

7:04pm Mon 28 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

Wolfie190 wrote:
'One man, thought to be the driver of the other car, was arrested following the crash but was released without charge.' Some foreign criminal caused that crash and got away scot free. Welcome to broken Britain.
Normal these days,don't want to upset them,they might get upset and go back to where they came from.Wish.
[quote][p][bold]Wolfie190[/bold] wrote: 'One man, thought to be the driver of the other car, was arrested following the crash but was released without charge.' Some foreign criminal caused that crash and got away scot free. Welcome to broken Britain.[/p][/quote]Normal these days,don't want to upset them,they might get upset and go back to where they came from.Wish. boltonnut
  • Score: 12

7:47pm Mon 28 Apr 14

VIGILANTE VIC says...

miroku wrote:
cliff4treasurer wrote:
Released without charge?
Isn't this the incident where the Police caught the other driver after he ran off and tried to hide in Sainsburys?
Charge him with leaving the scene of an accident at the very least!!!.
YES YOU ARE CORRECT, SO WHY WAS HE RUNNING OFF AND TRYING TO HIDE ?
I WONDER WHAT NATIONALITY OR ETHNIC ORIGIN HE IS ?
[quote][p][bold]miroku[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: Released without charge?[/p][/quote]Isn't this the incident where the Police caught the other driver after he ran off and tried to hide in Sainsburys? Charge him with leaving the scene of an accident at the very least!!!.[/p][/quote]YES YOU ARE CORRECT, SO WHY WAS HE RUNNING OFF AND TRYING TO HIDE ? I WONDER WHAT NATIONALITY OR ETHNIC ORIGIN HE IS ? VIGILANTE VIC
  • Score: 6

11:00pm Mon 28 Apr 14

united99 says...

Happy ending all round - hope he makes a full recovery.
He ran because he was desperate to go to the toilets and for the record he has a red British passport which makes him the same as me and you Vicky boom boom !
Happy ending all round - hope he makes a full recovery. He ran because he was desperate to go to the toilets and for the record he has a red British passport which makes him the same as me and you Vicky boom boom ! united99
  • Score: -6

12:16am Tue 29 Apr 14

VIGILANTE VIC says...

united99 wrote:
Happy ending all round - hope he makes a full recovery.
He ran because he was desperate to go to the toilets and for the record he has a red British passport which makes him the same as me and you Vicky boom boom !
"BOOM BOOM" ARE YOU WEARING A SUICIDE VEST ? AND WHAT PASSPORT... IF HE HAS ONE IT WILL BE A FORGERY :-)
[quote][p][bold]united99[/bold] wrote: Happy ending all round - hope he makes a full recovery. He ran because he was desperate to go to the toilets and for the record he has a red British passport which makes him the same as me and you Vicky boom boom ![/p][/quote]"BOOM BOOM" ARE YOU WEARING A SUICIDE VEST ? AND WHAT PASSPORT... IF HE HAS ONE IT WILL BE A FORGERY :-) VIGILANTE VIC
  • Score: 4

7:46am Tue 29 Apr 14

arrian says...

VIGILANTE VIC wrote:
miroku wrote:
cliff4treasurer wrote:
Released without charge?
Isn't this the incident where the Police caught the other driver after he ran off and tried to hide in Sainsburys?
Charge him with leaving the scene of an accident at the very least!!!.
YES YOU ARE CORRECT, SO WHY WAS HE RUNNING OFF AND TRYING TO HIDE ?
I WONDER WHAT NATIONALITY OR ETHNIC ORIGIN HE IS ?
please don't shout!
[quote][p][bold]VIGILANTE VIC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miroku[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: Released without charge?[/p][/quote]Isn't this the incident where the Police caught the other driver after he ran off and tried to hide in Sainsburys? Charge him with leaving the scene of an accident at the very least!!!.[/p][/quote]YES YOU ARE CORRECT, SO WHY WAS HE RUNNING OFF AND TRYING TO HIDE ? I WONDER WHAT NATIONALITY OR ETHNIC ORIGIN HE IS ?[/p][/quote]please don't shout! arrian
  • Score: 1

7:47am Tue 29 Apr 14

arrian says...

VIGILANTE VIC wrote:
miroku wrote:
cliff4treasurer wrote:
Released without charge?
Isn't this the incident where the Police caught the other driver after he ran off and tried to hide in Sainsburys?
Charge him with leaving the scene of an accident at the very least!!!.
YES YOU ARE CORRECT, SO WHY WAS HE RUNNING OFF AND TRYING TO HIDE ?
I WONDER WHAT NATIONALITY OR ETHNIC ORIGIN HE IS ?
please don't shout!
[quote][p][bold]VIGILANTE VIC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miroku[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: Released without charge?[/p][/quote]Isn't this the incident where the Police caught the other driver after he ran off and tried to hide in Sainsburys? Charge him with leaving the scene of an accident at the very least!!!.[/p][/quote]YES YOU ARE CORRECT, SO WHY WAS HE RUNNING OFF AND TRYING TO HIDE ? I WONDER WHAT NATIONALITY OR ETHNIC ORIGIN HE IS ?[/p][/quote]please don't shout! arrian
  • Score: 1

9:35am Tue 29 Apr 14

VIGILANTE VIC says...

arrian says...please don't shout!

SORRY NO OFFENCE INTENDED BUT I ALWAYS WRITE IN CAPS, I JUST PREFER IT THAT WAY.
arrian says...please don't shout! SORRY NO OFFENCE INTENDED BUT I ALWAYS WRITE IN CAPS, I JUST PREFER IT THAT WAY. VIGILANTE VIC
  • Score: 2

9:43am Tue 29 Apr 14

oftbewildered2 says...

this is one lucky man (apart from the fact that the accident happened in the first place). Good luck to him; I hope he soon recovers fully from his injuries. And yes, he is right - there is nothing like your mum's bacon butties when you need building up.
this is one lucky man (apart from the fact that the accident happened in the first place). Good luck to him; I hope he soon recovers fully from his injuries. And yes, he is right - there is nothing like your mum's bacon butties when you need building up. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 3

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