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'Someone up there was looking after me' says mum whose car spun three times and crashed into field on Liley Lane/Bellstring Lane

Kirsty Senior tells of lucky escape on notorious Liley Lane/Bellstring Lane

A mum-of-one told how she was left battered and bruised after her car spun off a notorious road and into a field.

Kirsty Senior, 43, of Mirfield, was on her way to work when her Honda Civic hit standing water, spun round three times and crashed down a banking.

Receptionist Kirsty believes her car aquaplaned during heavy rain last Monday morning on the B6118 Liley Lane/Bellstring Lane between Grange Moor and Kirkheaton.

“It was frightening but I was so lucky,” said Kirsty. “How I didn’t hit another car I’ll never know. Someone up there was looking after me.”

Kirsty had just dropped her daughter at school and was heading to work at Grange Moor at 8.50am when the car suddenly went out of control on a bend.

“I wasn’t speeding because I know this road so well and the weather was horrible on Monday. My tyres had just been checked so I know they were fine,” she said.

Kirsty Senior, of Mirfield, had a lucky escape after her Honda Civic spun off the B6118 Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane near Grange Moor.

“I came round the bend and just felt myself going across the road. There was nothing I could do.

“I tried to pull it back and tried to brake and the car must have spun three times and I ended up backwards in the field.

“I travel that road every day and I still can’t believe there were no other cars around. It’s usually so busy.”

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Shocked, it took Kirsty a few seconds to realise where she was. Then she feared with no-one around she would be trapped there.

However, someone had seen what happened and rang the emergency services.

Kirsty was taken to hospital and checked over. She had suffered back and neck injuries and badly bruised her breastbone.

“It hurt like hell,” said Kirsty. “I was off work on Monday and Tuesday and I am still on strong painkillers but I do feel very lucky.

Kirsty Senior, of Mirfield, had a lucky escape after her Honda Civic spun off the B6118 Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane near Grange Moor.

“Something needs to be done about this road. I have been driving since I was 19 and I am a confident driver or, at least, I was until this.

“It makes me mad when people say it’s speeding that causes all these accidents because it’s not.”

Kirsty’s 12-year-old Honda looks like being written off.

“I’ve had the car for nine years and it was worth a lot more than its value to me,” she said.

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Kirklees Council has vowed to investigate a catalogue of crashes on the road this winter.

Questions have been raised about whether the road surface is worn out, even though it was only replaced in August 2014. There are also concerns about mud on the road from quarries and farmland.

This week the council has put up new slippery road warning signs in a bid to cut the accident toll.



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