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Mrs. Sarah E. Torrens, wife of Mr. John Morrison Torrens, of "Glenbower", Victoria Road, Ferndown, Dorset, was seriously injured on Saturday evening, when a car, driven by her husband, burst into flames after a collision at Cadnam cross-road, where many accidents have occurred in the New Forest. It was described by a resident as the worst crash at this danger spot since the Earl of Egmont was fatally injured.
Mr. Bastone's car swerved to the left after the impact and ran through a hedge into a garden, knocking down a large notice board in its career. Mr. Bastone was not seriously injured, but there was a good deal of damage to the front of his car. The small car was completely destroyed, and was still burning three hours after the accident.
"We heard the crash indoors", she said, "and rushed out into the roadway. Mr Fred Hollands, the butcher opposite, dashed from his shop, and he and Mr. Edward Walters, of Cadnam, who had been calling on us, pulled the lady from the car. She was partly in the ditch underneath the car, and they were not a second too soon. They had barely dragged her clear when the flames went up, and no one could get near the car. If they had been half a second later she would have been burnt to death. It was very lucky there was some one about to help."
Miss Joyce added that a gentleman came along and rendered first-aid, and she and her cousin assisted. Then the Calmore ambulance arrived, and all the injured were taken to the Royal South Hants and Southampton Hospital.
Mr. Bastone's car and the wreckage of the other vehicle were later removed to Kibble's garage.