UPDATED: American tourist survives after car rolls 150 metres down Lake District pass

The Westmorland Gazette: Woman flown to hospital after car rolls 150m down Lake District pass. Pic credit: @Brian_Steadman Woman flown to hospital after car rolls 150m down Lake District pass. Pic credit: @Brian_Steadman

AN American tourist who escaped with minor injuries after her car rolled 500ft down one of the steepest passes in England was ‘fortunate to have survived’, her son said.

Jane Lukic, 60, suffered a laceration to the head, a broken arm, bruising and a slight concussion. She was discharged from hospital just days later.

It happened on the steep single- track descent of Wrynose Pass into Little Langdale on Friday afternoon.

Holidaymaker Mrs Lukic, a self-employed music instructor from Mequon, a small city in Wisconsin, was travelling to Yorkshire to visit friends when her silver Mercedes left the narrow road.

The car somersaulted several times down the bracken-covered slope before coming to a halt on its side.

Two witnesses raced to her aid down the mountain pass, which features hairpin bends, falls away steeply at parts and has gradients of up to one in three at places.

Ex-husband Chris Kegel, speaking from Wisconsin, said ‘it’s a miracle’.

“It's amazing. If she had been in an old-technology car, she wouldn’t be alive. It's a miracle that she had her seat belt on and was able to sustain this crash with only minor injuries. She’s in good spirits and doing well, and happy to be alive."

Martin Holroyd, of Cumbria Fire and Rescue, said: “It was a lucky escape. She was very fortunate.”

The incident occurred about 1.30pm and sparked a major rescue operation.
Fire crews from Ambleside, Coniston and Kendal were involved in cutting the roof off to allow paramedics to get to Mrs Lukic, who was on her own.

Low-lying cloud meant a North West Air Ambulance Service helicopter had to turn back and instead an RAF Sea King helicopter from Northumberland evacuated the woman to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

She was treated there over the weekend before being released on Monday, the hospital confirmed.

In a comment on the Gazette’s website, son Noel Kegel said she was descending on a curve when the tyre blew out – causing her to lose control of the vehicle and career down the ravine.

Mr Kegel added: “A lifetime of gratitude and appreciation for the hiker, to the first responders, to the RAF chopper crew, to the doctors and everyone involved in this rescue effort.

“Mercedes earns a mention as well for designing a vehicle that can sustain so much damage and protect its precious cargo.”

Nick Owen, team leader of Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team, whose ten-strong team spent three hours at the incident, reserved praise for the two young men who comforted her while emergency services were on their way.

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10:04pm Sun 1 Sep 13

nlk.public says...

This was my mother. She was in the UK on a holiday visiting family and friends. She was descending on a curve when the tire blew out causing her to lose control of the vehicle which then careened off the road and down 450 feet into a ravine. Fortunately, a hiker witnessed the event, was able to notify emergency officials and was able get into the vehicle and comfort my mom, tending to a large gash on her head.

During the crash, she sustained a broken elbow and a gash. Though, bruised and shaken up, she expects to leave the hospital within a few days.

One wonders if this crash happens a hundred times, how many people make it out? There is no doubt she is fortunate to have survived.

A lifetime of gratitude and appreciation for the hiker, to the first responders, to the RAF chopper crew, to the doctors and everyone involved in this rescue effort. Mercedes earns a mention as well for designing a vehicle that can sustain so much damage and protect its precious cargo.
This was my mother. She was in the UK on a holiday visiting family and friends. She was descending on a curve when the tire blew out causing her to lose control of the vehicle which then careened off the road and down 450 feet into a ravine. Fortunately, a hiker witnessed the event, was able to notify emergency officials and was able get into the vehicle and comfort my mom, tending to a large gash on her head. During the crash, she sustained a broken elbow and a gash. Though, bruised and shaken up, she expects to leave the hospital within a few days. One wonders if this crash happens a hundred times, how many people make it out? There is no doubt she is fortunate to have survived. A lifetime of gratitude and appreciation for the hiker, to the first responders, to the RAF chopper crew, to the doctors and everyone involved in this rescue effort. Mercedes earns a mention as well for designing a vehicle that can sustain so much damage and protect its precious cargo. nlk.public

6:23pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

I drove down that road a few days ago. With a burst tyre or brake failure you would be lucky to survive. There but for fortune go you or I, as the song goes. Best wishes to this lady.
I drove down that road a few days ago. With a burst tyre or brake failure you would be lucky to survive. There but for fortune go you or I, as the song goes. Best wishes to this lady. Milkbutnosugarplease

6:40am Sat 7 Sep 13

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