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An Occold resident is appealing to find the people who risked their lives to pull her friend from a burning car after an accident in Eye.

Katie Downes, from Redlingfield Road, was a passenger in a Volkswagen Golf, driven by her friend Tim Mayhew, when the car left the road and crashed into a tree in Cranley Green on Thursday, September 26 at about 6.30pm.

The 32-year-old said: “I was OK when we stopped, but Tim, who was semi-conscious, was moaning and groaning. Two women stopped – I think their names were Jill and Helen – and they helped get me out.”

The accident took place on Thursday, September 26.
The accident took place on Thursday, September 26.

As Katie was lead away from the car, it began to smoke, before bursting into flames, with Tim still inside.

Katie said: “I could hear him screaming but there was nothing I could do. Honestly, it was the most horrific thing I have ever been involved in.”

At this point, Katie remembers two men in a large high-top silver van stopping and running to pull Tim from the vehicle.

Due to how quickly it all happened, Katie was not able to get their names.

She would like to find them and the two women who helped her to thank them.

She said: “I would just like to meet them all again in person. They are heroes in my eyes and deserve medals or some kind of recognition for what they did for me and Tim that night.”

Tim was flown to Ipswich Hospital with what emergency services are calling potentially life-changing injuries.

Katie said he has now been transferred to a special burns unit at Chelmsford Hospital.

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Suffolk Police are calling for witnesses to the collision, or people who may have dash cam footage, to contact Sergeant Paul Jackson, of the joint roads and armed policing team, by calling 101, remembering to quote CAD 384 of September 26.

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