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Mum hit by car at festival as daughter, 2 thrown to safety by husband

A mum injured by a rolling car at a festival along with her two-year-old daughter said the tot was saved by her husband throwing her out of harm’s way.

Jenna O’Neill, 32, of Gloucestershire, suffered life-changing injuries after being struck by the car and praised the reactions of her husband Stephen for saving the little girl.

She called her partner a ‘hero’ and said the tot only survived because of his speedy actions.

Campers at the family festival were left shocked after a parked car rolled down a hill and ploughed into Mrs O’Neill, her husband and their young child.

The River Dee at Glyndyfrdwy close to the scene of the accident

Her husband had a suspected fractured ankle while their two-year-old daughter suffered cuts and bruising to her face. They have since been discharged from hospital.

Mrs O’Neill told the BBC : “My two-and-a-half year old toddler only survived this incident because my husband threw her out of the way of the car as it careered down the road.

“He’s a hero. Things would be very different if it wasn’t for his quick-thinking and fast actions.”

She added: “Mentally I keep going over what happened. I genuinely believed my whole family had died.”

Emergency services were called after the unoccupied vehicle ran over a tent at the Conscious Tribal Gathering near Glyndyfrdwy in Denbighshire.

The mum was flown to hospital with serious injuries and is said to be in a critical condition, North Wales Live reports.

She is understood to have broken her pelvis, collarbone and nine ribs, and suffered liver damage.

North Wales Police has now launched an investigation and is liaising with the Health & Safety Executive.

A spokesman said: “We were called shortly after 1.30pm on Saturday to a report that an unoccupied vehicle had rolled downhill over a tent at a campsite near Corwen.

“A man, a woman and a child were sitting outside the tent at the time.

“The woman was airlifted to hospital in Stoke where she remains with serious injuries.

“The man and the child were also taken to hospital, but with injuries believed to be minor.”

The five-day Conscious Tribal Gathering, now in its fifth year, offers an eclectic mix of speakers, workshops, performers and musicians, plus vegan food.

Festival regular June Meagher said everyone on site had been stunned by the incident.

“Everyone was quite shocked as nothing like this has ever happened there before,” she said.

“The festival organisers did a sterling job in keeping people away from the site and clearing space for the emergency services.

“The on-site first aider was there within minutes too. It’s such a shame. It’s such a wonderful event.”

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed three vehicles were sent to the festival field.

A spokesperson said: “We were called 1.24pm on Saturday, July 24, to reports of a road traffic collision involving pedestrians in the Glyndyfrdwy area of Corwen.

“We responded with a rapid response vehicle, an emergency ambulance and the Wales Air Ambulance.

“One patient was flown to the Royal Stoke University Hospital and two further patients were taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital by road.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the North Wales Police roads policing unit on 101, or via the live web chat, quoting reference 21000516358.

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