A mum is lucky to be alive after she was almost decapitated by a metal flap that broke off a lorry and smashed through her windscreen. Katie Addison-Snart, 36, was left with horrific injuries when the shocking incident occurred in front of her young son. The 36-year-old had to have metal plates put in her skull during surgery and she needed 40 stitches in her head.
She was on her way to drop her son off at nursery when she was struck in the forehead by the razor-sharp steel square. Her husband Robert, 29, said it is a “miracle” that his wife survived the traumatic incident and their son Hugo, aged four, escaped unscathed in the passenger seat. After she was hit by the flap, Katie’s car ploughed into the central reservation before spinning back across the carriageway and coming to a halt on the hard shoulder.
It was only when Hugo started screaming “mummy” that Katie regained consciousness following the freak accident which happened at 8.30am on July 11. Paramedics dashed to the A1 near Grantham, Lincs., and Katie was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with multiple head injuries. She underwent a five-hour operation where surgeons put metal plates in her skull and she needed 40 stitches in her head.