A teacher cheated death when her car was horrifically crushed beyond recognition between two lorries.1shockKatie Holt’s VW Golf was mangled into such a small space that the emergency services didn’t spot it at first. The 39-year-old was cut from the wreckage and airlifted to hospital where she was treated for skull and back fractures and a broken left arm.

She spent 10 days in hospital before returning home and it took around two months to get her memory back and learn to walk. Katie, from Colchester, Essex said: “I’m lucky to be here. When I saw the photos of the crash I was astonished. It’s amazing what the human body can do. I put 100 per cent into my recovery and it has not been easy.”

Katie was driving to work at Felsted Preparatory School when she stopped in queuing traffic on the A120 near Braintree, in December 2014. But she was struck from behind by Kevin Mann, 51, and the impact from his skip hire truck sent her VW Golf under a container lorry in front. Katie was trapped for more than an hour.

Those at the scene who called the emergency services were initially unaware Katie’s car was between the two lorries as it was crushed into such a tight space.