March mayor Councillor Kim French has a double lucky escape following trip to London and a car crash

March Mayor Councillor Kim French was involved in a car crash on Saturday night on the A141 - her Mi

March Mayor Councillor Kim French was involved in a car crash on Saturday night on the A141 - her Mini car is a write-off. - Credit: Archant

New March mayor Councillor Kim French had a double lucky escape on Saturday night after being in London for a hen do and then being involved in a car crash on her way home.

March Mayor Councillor Kim French was involved in a car crash on Saturday night on the A141 - her Mi

March Mayor Councillor Kim French was involved in a car crash on Saturday night on the A141 - her Mini car is a write-off. - Credit: Archant

Cllr French, who became the town’s mayor last month, was celebrating on a hen do in Covent Garden on Saturday evening shortly before the terrorist attack on London Bridge.

Having caught a train home, which was delayed and diverted because of problems with trespassers on the track at Welwyn Garden City, she arrived in Huntingdon station for the drive home to March.

Cllr French, who is the twin daughter of fellow councillor Jan French and her husband Mick, explained: “I had just gone past the Manea turn on the A141 when all of a sudden a car coming in the opposite direction appeared to veer across the road. It hit the car in front of me before carrying on and hitting me head on.

“My car was a write off, but remained on the road, the other two cars ended up in a ditch. The passenger in a burgundy coloured Vauxhall which had been in front of me was taken to hospital with spinal and chest injuries - but I don’t know how he is.

March Mayor Councillor Kim French was involved in a car crash on Saturday night on the A141 - her Mi

March Mayor Councillor Kim French was involved in a car crash on Saturday night on the A141 - her Mini car is a write-off. - Credit: Archant


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“I suffered cracked ribs, bruising to my pelvic area and across my chest and the air bag also caused bruising to my face and nose.

“I had to wait to be seen by a paramedic while they dealt with the other people involved and while they recovered my Mini - which was badly damaged on the front passenger side.

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“It was a real shock to find out what had gone on in London when we were on the train, and to then be delayed and then to have the accident. It has been a nightmare.

“I’m waiting to get my injuries fully assessed because I went to the Minor Injuries Unit at Doddington but they couldn’t do an x-ray on my ribs - so I have to go to A&E to get that done. It has been difficult because I don’t have a car now.”

Cllr Kim French. March Town council. Picture: Steve Williams.

Cllr Kim French. March Town council. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Cllr French, praised the emergency services who helped following her accident and said: “I would like to thank them for their help.”

She was hailed a hero herself in July 2011 after she rescued her twin brother Chris from his badly damaged car after it was hit by an HGV just yards from the family home at Westry,

That incident led to the introduction of a 30mph speed limit on the A141 at Westry.

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