A Huddersfield family have told how they miraculously survived a horror crash with a lorry.

The terrifying accident on a busy motorway sent their car crashing down an embankment.

But amazingly they escaped and now their story is to be told on TV.

Jane Humphrey and her partner Paul, of Skelmanthorpe, were knocked unconscious when the family’s car - a day-old Nissan Qashqai - lost power suddenly, was hit by the lorry and spun off the road before rolling down a bank off the A1 near Harrogate.

A massive rescue operation was launched at the side of the busy road.

Jane, who was 15-weeks pregnant at the time, suffered head injuries and was flown to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Paul was taken by road ambulance while their six-year-old daughter Isabelle who was also in the car suffered minor injuries.

Jane Humphrey and her partner Paul of Skelmanthorpe were knocked unconscious when the family's car was involved in an accident. L-R Isabelle, Jane Humphrey, baby Phoebe, Paul Humphrey - and Baxter the dog
Jane Humphrey and her partner Paul of Skelmanthorpe were knocked unconscious when the family's car was involved in an accident. L-R Isabelle, Jane Humphrey, baby Phoebe, Paul Humphrey - and Baxter the dog
 

Jane, 29, said: “We had cruise control on but when I switched if off the car just cut out completely and we lost all power.

“I remember seeing the lorry in the rear view mirror and the next thing I knew I was waking up in hospital.”

Fortunately Jane and Paul, himself a member of an Army Air Corps helicopter crew, were found to not have suffered serious injuries and their story is now being aired on BBC1 Helicopter Heroes on Thursday.

Jane, 29, added: “I don’t even remember anything about being in the helicopter.

“I could not believe we had all walked away from it, but fortunately we suffered nothing more serious than concussion, cuts and bruises.”

The member of the family who came off worse was eight-month-old puppy Baxter, who had been travelling in the boot and was flung out on impact and found lying motionless in a nearby field.

An emergency vet was called to the scene and the plucky pooch started to come round when placed on a stretcher. He had suffered some lung damage but is almost back to his lively best.

Jane, now proud mum to two-month-old baby girl Phoebe, added: “You see the air ambulance but you never in a million years think that it will be landing to help you. But that’s why it’s such a valuable service.”

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is an independent rapid response charity, which has carried more than 5,400 people in its 13-year history. It needs to raise £9,990 each day to keep its two helicopters in the air and maintained - equivalent to £3.6 million each year.

The programme goes out on BBC1 at 9.15am on Thursday, April 17.