Woman smashed in face by metal road sign

Christy Hurley and (below) the road sign
Christy Hurley and (below) the road sign

A WIGAN woman was left with these horrific injuries after a road sign was blown into her face during this week’s violent storms.

Christy Hurley was rushed to Wigan Infirmary after being hit by the metal frame on her way to work when the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo blew through the town.

The road sign

The road sign

The 21-year-old was left with cuts and bruises to her face, and has been unable to see properly through one eye. She told the Post she feared her injuries could have blinded her.

She said: “I haven’t been able to sleep a wink since it happened, I just keep replaying it all in my head over and over again, it’s horrible.

“My whole body is aching, especially my face, and I’m just terrified of what consequences it will have and I really hope it doesn’t permanently scar my face.

“I just also dread to think what could have happened, it could have been much worse.”

Christy was walking to the bus stop close to her Orrell Road home at around 11.30am on her way to work as a team leader at a call centre at Lowri Beck in the town centre when the drama unfolded.

A strong wind picked up the metal sign, which is thought to have been placed there due to nearby slip-road closures, and blew it straight into her, knocking Christy off her feet and on to the pavement. Luckily, passing drivers, Alan Woodward and Stuart Kenton, witnessed the incident and stopped immediately to help and phone an ambulance.

Christy said: “It was all just a massive shock and happened so quickly, I really didn’t expect it at all.

“I just remember being trapped and unable to move I didn’t know what to do.

“I was only under it for about a minute but it felt like forever as I couldn’t move and I was just screaming.

“I’m so grateful that it was such a busy road and the drivers happened to witness it and stop to help.”

Rain and high winds caused disruption as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit the UK at the beginning of the week.

Around the country, about 10,000 passengers were affected by flight cancellations at Heathrow, and several UK ferries did not sail.

A woman died in central London, with a man hurt in a nearby incident and three people were injured in West Sussex.

Now Christy has to attend an ear, nose and throat specialist to see if there has been any internal damage caused by the incident.

Meanwhile, Christy has been forced to take time from her work and as a student at Manchester Metropolitan University where she is currently studying accounting and finance.

A spokesman from the Highways Agency said: “We are sorry to hear about the injuries suffered by Mrs Hurley and are making enquiries into the cause of the incident.”