Mum thanks bus driver for ‘saving her life’ after scooter smash

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A mum-of-two has thanked a bus driver who saved her life after she was flung from her scooter in a collision with a car.

Bianca Lee was returning from her job as a care worker on Wednesday morning when the collision happened at a notoriously busy Wirral junction.

The impact caused the 39-year-old to be knocked off the scooter, as she sailed through the air and landed in the middle of the road, 10 metres away.

The mum, who has two teenage sons, was left with two broken wrists and severe bruising all over her body following the Whetstone Lane accident, near the junction with Borough Road.

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But Ms Lee today told of her gratitude towards an Arriva driver who witnessed the smash and immediately stopped, manoeuvring his single-decker across the carriageway to stop other oncoming vehicles potentially ploughing into the crash scene, where she lay in agony on the floor.

The Wallasey woman has praised him for "saving my life."

The crash occurred at the junction of Borough Road and Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead.

Ms Lee was travelling behind the bus just before the crash and thinks him moving at about 15mph, well below the speed limit, also kept her alive.

After undertaking her own detective work, she managed to trace the driver, Marc Williams, who is based at the Laird Street depot in Birkenhead, and spoke with him on the telephone on Friday.

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Mr Williams, very shaken up by the experience, told Ms Lee that, until she telephoned, he had thought she had died.

The mum told the ECHO: "I owe Marc my life.

"Because of his professionalism, I am still here now.

"He is amazing, what he did, his quick-thinking, he's a lovely bloke.

Bianca Lee

"Marc deserves everything, certainly a pay rise."

Recalling the crash, Ms Lee, whose youngest son has autism, added: "I felt like I was in the air for so long, I was wary of not letting my head hit the ground.

"I had time to process it all.

"I broke both wrists, and had bruising to my arms, legs, shins and knees, it was agony.

"The car driver got out and was on the floor with me, telling me not to lift my head.

"When at Arrowe Park, doctors cut my clothes off and told me I was really lucky."

Laird Street bus depot

Ms Lee is a swimming teacher, but decided to register as a part-time care assistant to work during the pandemic in Bootle.

She is now recovering at home, unable to work, spending time in bed as she recovers from her injuries.

The mum has vowed never to ride a scooter again.

Ms Lee added: "If I'd been travelling faster, but still within the limit, it could have been a lot more serious.

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"But he was driving really carefully because it's known as a bad junction.

"I owe him my life in many different ways."

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