A wheelchair user going out to celebrate her 30th birthday had a lucky escape on Saturday after her chair was hit by a car when it struck a central reservation.
Kate Hilliar, who has cerebral palsy and is a resident at Agnes Court care home in Warwick Road, Banbury was going out for lunch with a friend.
As the pair crossed the traffic lights at the junction between North Bar and Castle Street at about noon, a car turning into North Bar from Castle Street collided with a second vehicle before ploughing into the railings on the central reservation and knocking Miss Hilliar’s wheelchair onto its side, damaging it beyond repair.
Miss Hilliar, who was taken to Banbury’s Horton Hospital with just cuts and bruises, said: “If the railings hadn’t been there I could have been on the bonnet because they hit another car before they hit the railings. I’m quite lucky.”
She was lifted from her broken chair by four firefighters. One male car driver was cut free from his vehicle and sustained minor injuries.
Sue Northcott, service manager at Agnes Court said: “Looking at the state of the wheelchair it could have been very much worse.”