Miracle on the M55: Girl unhurt after 70mph smash


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A seven-year-old girl has had a lucky escape after being flung through a car window in a 70mph motorway crash, only to land in the central reservation completely unharmed.

Ysabelle Amos was travelling along the M55 in her mother's Daewoo Matiz when a tyre blowout sent the car spinning into the central barrier.

Skillfully managing to reach the hard shoulder without hitting any other cars, Ysabelle's father's partner, Tracy Jenkinson, went to check on the three children in the rear, only to find her missing from her seat.

The force of the impact had sent her flying through a rear passenger window, depositing her in the narrow strip between the two busy carriageways.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Ms Jenkinson said: "The kids were screaming Ysabelle's name and really panicking.

"I looked around and just saw her pop up between the barriers of the central reservation. She was standing where she was safe.

"Some of the drivers who had stopped on the motorway brought her across the lanes, and she didn't have a scratch on her."

Thankfully, the rest of the car's occupants only suffered minor cuts and bruises, though the three children were later taken to hospital to be checked over. All were discharged the following day.

The accident, which occurred at around 6pm on Sunday, saw the M55 closed in both directions as the North West Air Ambulance attended the scene.

Ms Jenkinson continued: "Ysabelle doesn't know what happened and how she came to be outside the car, but I think she must have panicked and took her seat belt off as the car started to shake.

"As we hit the central reservation and the back window came out she went through it.

"After that the car was all over the place. I was trying to slow but the brakes weren't working as well as they should have.

"I remember thinking 'we're not going to survive this.'"