Man reunited with teenage girls who saved his life after freak car accident
A Frome man who suffered serious injuries after he was trapped under a car has been reunited with the two teenage girls he credits with saving his life, thanks to the Somerset Standard.
Alec Vearncombe, 61, broke his ribs and suffered a punctured lung when he was involved in the freak accident.
Mr Vearncombe, of Critchill Road, had borrowed an automatic car from his daughter Laura and had been to her house around the corner to pick up her dog to look after until she finished work.
As he put the car into reverse on the driveway he heard a noise and opened the door, putting his right foot on to the ground, but as he did so his left foot slipped and hit the accelerator.
The next thing he knew he was dragged underneath the car and pinned against a wall in the front garden.
In extreme pain and fully conscious, Mr Vearncombe is unsure how long he was stuck. Eventually he heard the girls walking past and cried out.
Immediately they swung into action. Sixteen-year-old Charlotte Sullivan and Jasmine Scott, 17, realising the seriousness of the situation, switched off the ignition and dialled 999 on a mobile phone.
Within minutes the paramedics and fire service were on the scene and while Mr Vearncombe was being the treated the girls walked off.
He spent a week at the Royal United Hospital in Bath being treated for his injuries.
A fortnight ago, Mr Vearncombe contacted the Standard in an attempt to trace his two guardian angels. As a result of the front page article Jasmine and Charlotte, both studying for their A levels at Frome Community College, came forward.
Charlotte said: "It was my Nan who saw the article in the Standard and told me about it. No one at school believed what had happened to us."
Yesterday morning the young heroines met Mr Vearncombe for a second time, presenting him with a get well card.
It was an emotional meeting for the injured grandfather, who is still suffering from his injuries.
Mr Vearncombe said: "What these young ladies did was absolutely crucial. The doctors have told me that if I had been crushed for much longer the consequences could have been dire.
"They are certainly my guardian angels and without their help I frankly don't know what would have happened. I will never forget them and what they did for me. I wish them a wonderful life."