Woman hailed hero

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A WIGAN woman has been hailed a hero after helping the victims of two motorway accidents and then preventing more crashes.

Bosses of United Utilities worker Kelly Marshall today say she may well have saved someone from tragedy.

Disaster loomed after UU customer services employee Sarah Tew was on her way to work when her car spun off on black ice the slip road linking the M6 to the M62 in Warrington.

Still dazed, the Preston 26-year-old watched from the hard shoulder as a lorry span off and hit a BMW, with both vehicles careering down an embankment.

Realising the treacherous road surface was putting lives at risk, brave Sarah donned her hi-vis jacket, leapt from her vehicle and began waving her arms from the hard shoulder, to slow down the oncoming traffic.

She was soon joined by 30-year-old workmate Kelly from Orrell, who switched on the flashing amber light on her United Utilities van to help slow down the traffic.

The pair, who work at UU’s Lingley Mere base, spent two hours on the hard shoulder, slowing vehicles to prevent further accidents until the police and gritters could arrive.

They also attended to the shaken drivers of the lorry and BMW until the paramedics got there, keeping them warm with spare blankets and fleeces. The BMW driver was eventually airlifted to hospital.

Emergency services at the scene praised the courage of the pair, saying their quick thinking prevented what could have been a major tragedy.

Colin Merrick, the pair’s line manager at United Utilities said: “Sarah and Kelly are an absolute credit to the organisation. Their courage and quick thinking prevented a tragedy on what was a treacherous day for vehicles travelling on the M62 and M6.

“It’s just like them to do something like this. We are all full of admiration for them.”