Dysart Road crash driver: 'I have absolutely no memory of what happened'
A driver who blacked out during rush hour traffic earlier this month is still recovering at home after spending four days in Lincoln Hospital.
The man, who only wants to be known as Steve, was driving his son to school on Friday, May 4, when he lost consciousness at the wheel of his Ford Focus and collided with several other vehicles on Dysart Road, narrowly missing an elderly pedestrian on the pavement, before crashing into the Nissan car dealership.
Police, ambulance and fire crews were quickly on scene to help Steve and two other motorists, who were also caught up in the crash, with one being knocked unconscious. The crash also badly damaged several cars for sale at the garage.
Steve said: “At first I thought I’d had an epileptic seizure but I haven’t had one of those in over 15 years. I used to have epilepsy but medication controlled it for over 15 years, so it came out of the blue. I heard that I collided with other cars but I have no memory of that.
“I came to in the car as somebody in a uniform approached me. I may have blacked out but the impact knocked me out properly.”
Steve was transferred to Lincoln Hospital, where aswell as a CT scan revealing a crack on his spine, blood tests showed that he had a dangerously low phosphate level –hypophosphataemia – which caused the coma-like symptoms. The condition can also cause confusion, altered mental status and muscle weakness.
Steve added: “It shares some characteristics with epilepsy but they are both treated differently. I was placed on a drip for 12 hours which raised it back to a safe level.”
Steve, who has lived in Grantham for 10 years, is keen to thank everyone who helped him.
He added: “I’ve been told that the response services were quickly on scene, so I would like to send my gratitude to them and everyone else who helped looked after me, my son and the other crash victims. I handed my dash cam footage to police but I think it will be awhile until I will be able to bring myself to watch it.”
Lincolnshire Police said: “A collision on Dysart Road in Grantham was reported to police on Friday, 4 April shortly after 9am. It is believed a Vauxhall Astra, an Audi A3 and a Ford Focus were involved. The drivers of each vehicle sustained minor injuries.”