THE driver involved in the accident that brought the Falls Road to a stand still on Friday has spoken out about his ordeal.
Michael Corr, a father of three from Turf Lodge was exiting Glen Parade and was in the process of driving into the link road at Sainsbury’s Garage when he says he was hit on the right side by a car travelling on the Falls Road city bound lane at speed.
The Falls Road was closed for hours as the emergency services cut Michael out the car in which he was travelling. Paramedics gave him morphine at the scene to ease his pain and shock.
As Michael Corr was being treated in an ambulance, he says a PSNI Officer attempted to take a statement from him. Mr Corr says the paramedic asked the officer to disembark from the ambulance as he was medically unfit to provide such a record. Michael says that a local businessman showed the police a copy of his CCTV which he says clearly shows the other car travelling at speed.
As news of the crash unfolded, social media was awash with theories about how and what happened.
Mr Corr is a disabled driver who drives with one arm. He was sent an image of a post from a person claiming to be a passenger in the other car. They call him a ‘one armed bandit’ and have accused him of deliberately causing the crash so that he can claim compensation in time for Christmas.
The vehicle belongs to his terminally ill father whom Michael is a carer for. He says that he did not cause the crash on purpose and wants to clear his name as those that are bad mouthing him on social media could have killed him. He is thankful that he didn’t have his children in the car at the time.
In the collision, Mr Corr sustained spinal and head injuries and was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital.
At the same time, a man was walking across the zebra crossing at the Glen Road roundabout and was knocked down. Both Michael and the man were next to each other in hospital beds on Friday night.
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