'My car flipped over and I kicked my door open to crawl out of the wreckage'

Danielle McCulloch, 22, was driving along Birdston Road on March 14 when she lost control of her car and ended up in a ditch.

Woman crawled out of wreckage after car flipped into a ditch in Kirkintilloch Supplied

A young woman has spoken of her terror after crawling from a wreckage after her car flipped into a ditch in Kirkintilloch.

Danielle McCulloch, 22, was driving along Birdston Road on March 14 when she lost control of her car and ended up in a ditch.

Ms McCulloch said she was heading to pick up her brother, something she did often, when another car came “flying round the bend” on the wrong side of the road.

“It looked like they were going at least 60mph, and like he could’ve overtaken someone or overshot the corner,” she told STV News.

The 22-year-old had been driving slow due to heavy rain and puddles along the road but still had to swerve to avoid the oncoming car.

“The car would’ve slammed into me if I didn’t swerve. It made me hit this ledge and the car flipped and rolled into the ditch,” she said.

Ms McCulloch was stuck in the car upside down and immediately rang her parents as she didn’t know where on the road she had ended up.

“My parents know the road well, and there was no way I could explain to emergency services where I was when I didn’t even know where I had ended up,” she said.

Ms McCulloch managed to kick her vehicle door open and crawl out of the wreckage by herself.

“I don’t even remember getting myself out, I had no idea I could do any of that.

“I remember seeing my hands covered in blood and I didn’t know where I was bleeding from,” she said.

Luckily, Ms McCulloch’s mum, Bernie, is a nurse and was able to look after her daughter in the days following the crash.

Ms McCulloch was driving to pick up her brother on March 14 when she lost control of her car.Supplied

“I’m black and blue all over and have cracked ribs, but I realise how bad it could’ve been. I could’ve been killed,” she said.

After pulling herself out of the upside down vehicle, she used her phone torch to catch her parents attention as they searched for her.

Ms McCulloch called the police as soon as they got home, who arrived to check on her and went with her parents to recover her valuables from the car.

“There wasn’t much the police could do, I have a dash cam on my sat nav but because I know the road so well I didn’t have it with me.

“There were no witnesses either, the ditch is taller than me so I don’t think other people saw me when passing by”, she said.

The recently graduated art student said she had worked all summer to save up money to buy the car for herself, having just purchased it weeks before the crash.

“The car was completely written off, and we don’t really know anything about the other driver so my insurance won’t cover it, I’m devastated.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 8.20pm on Thursday, March 14, officers were called to a report of a road crash involving one car on Birdston Road, Milton of Campsie. Officers attended and the owner of the car had it recovered.”

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