Cabbie: I could have been killed

Martin Farrington with his taxi that was involved in a crash on Blackpool Promenade.

Martin Farrington with his taxi that was involved in a crash on Blackpool Promenade.

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A CABBIE today surveyed his wrecked vehicle and said: ‘My taxi saved my life.’

Martin Farrington, 27, managed to scramble from his wrecked bomber-style cab after it was hit by a suspected stolen car on Blackpool Prom.

Martin Farrington's taxi that was involved in a crash on Blackpool Promenade.

Martin Farrington's taxi that was involved in a crash on Blackpool Promenade.

A bloodied Mr Farrington was left with a deep gash to his neck and back injuries and was taken by ambulance to Blackpool Victoria Hospital after being treated at the scene, close to the Metropole Hotel by paramedics. His cab is a complete write-off – but Mr Farrington is just grateful he is still alive.

He said: “I’m glad I’m still here, if I’d have had passengers it doesn’t even bear thinking about.

“The guy at the garage told me this is the worst damaged taxi he’s ever seen and it’s down to the taxi’s strength that I’m still here.

“It’s a pretty horrible thing to hear, it’s pretty weird.

Eyewitness photos of the Prom car crash, which saw a Mini overturn

Eyewitness photos of the Prom car crash, which saw a Mini overturn

“I’ve got literally a 10-second blank where I was completely knocked out by the force of the crash.

“I was going no more than 15mph and the next think I knew I was waking up.”

Mr Farrington is now recovering at his parents’ home in Sandhurst Avenue, Bispham, after his lucky escape in the drama at 2.30am on Friday.

The Mini hit Mr Farrington’s car before flipping over and landing on its roof, leaving fuel spewing on to the road.

Revellers in nearby bars were later accused of flicking lighters and cigarette ends on to the fuel-soaked Prom as paramedics and police crews dealt with the incident.

Mr Farrington has little recollection of what happened but it is believed he chased the Mini driver up Springfield Road before losing him.

Mr Farrington has been reunited with his crumpled Fairway cab for the first time since the crash, which he described as a “traumatising” experience.

He said: “I don’t like exaggerating things but it was in the cold light of day and every single panel is bent and ripped, it’s been seriously torn apart.

“It was weird seeing the partition that the driver has which is lined with a very tough metal case, and there was even an indent in that.

“It knocked me for six.”

Mr Farrington says he is still in pain and is now working through the pain in order to earn a wage.

He said: “I’ve got pain all down my back so I’m just trying to battle through, but it feels like my muscles are clamping over the base of my spine.

“I’ve got a giant gash on the back of my neck too.

“I’d love to think I can stay at home and rest but the trade’s been so quiet.

“I’ve got bills to pay so I’ve got to work on through the pain.”

The Mini was reported stolen later on Friday by its owner from an address in Ansdell.

A man has been arrested over the crash.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “A 21-year-old man from St Annes has been reported for summons for the offences of three counts of aggravated vehicle taking, driving a motor vehicle without a license and using a motor vehicle without third party insurance.

Anyone with information should call 101.

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