Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Are So Lucky to Be Alive after Crash; FRIENDS WHO PLUNGED 100FT IN CAR TELL OF THEIR ORDEAL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

We Are So Lucky to Be Alive after Crash; FRIENDS WHO PLUNGED 100FT IN CAR TELL OF THEIR ORDEAL

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THREE women today told how they are lucky to be alive after surviving a 100ft cliff-top plunge.

The friends walked away virtually unscathed after a car careered out of control, smashed through metal barriers and somersaulted through the air before plunging towards what should have been certain death.

But the car landed on its wheels in the old outdoor swimming pool in Tynemouth and the girls escaped with only cuts and bruises.

Police and firefighters said it was unbelievable Tonia Burns, Sarah Domoney and Amanda Walton had survived.

Today, after the driver of the Nissan Note was arrested and bailed on suspicion of drink driving, the three passengers told of the terrifying moment the car rolled over the cliff's edge.

Front seat passenger Tonia, 32, of Blyth, said: "We were just chatting and then I thought we were going a bit fast round the bend.

"I felt the brakes jam on but we were still going, and then the next thing I know everyone's screaming and we were going through the barrier. Then I felt like it was a dream. Everything went quiet and it seemed like we were falling for about an hour. I was waiting to wake up."

Sarah, 30, of Seaton Delaval, who was sitting in the back with her pal, Amanda, said: "We were just talking about how we were going to meet up for lunch the next day or something and all of a sudden the car just seemed to hurtle towards the barriers and I knew that wasn't what it was supposed to be doing and I screamed. And then it was just 'bump, bump, bump' all the way down. It's a blur. It felt like a lifetime when we were falling."

Amanda, 34, a dental nurse, also of Seaton Delaval, said: "All I remember is the fall and then bumping our heads. It went over the edge and my best friend screamed. It was chaos at the bottom. The engine was still running.

The driver got out and was just running around and around, we were all screaming and shouting 'is everybody all right? …

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