Gran trapped under scooter after reverse blunder

Terry Hewat and her dog. Picture: Wullie Marr

Terry Hewat and her dog. Picture: Wullie Marr

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A GRANDMOTHER and her dog had to be rescued after she accidentally reversed a mobility scooter off an embankment and became trapped underneath.

Terry Hewat, from Livingston, was trying to take a picture of a rare bird when she shifted the gears by mistake.

I would have made money on You’ve Been Framed.”

TERRY HEWAT

Instead of moving forwards, her scooter shot backwards off an embankment and ended up trapping the 54-year-old and Mitzy, a shih tzu/Yorkshire terrier cross.

She was unable to lift the vehicle – believed to weigh 80kg – and thought her motionless dog had been killed in the accident.

Luckily, a pair of good samaritans came to her rescue following the incident at the town’s Dedridge Pond.

Terry and Mitzy escaped relatively unscathed.

“I would have made money on You’ve Been Framed,” she said. “I flew right down the embankment and the scooter 
landed right on top of me. I couldn’t get up and Mitzy wasn’t moving – I think she was trapped as well at that point. I thought she was dead.”

Terry, who suffers from arthritis, suffered some bruising to her leg and ankle. She is now hoping to be reunited with the duo who helped get her out of trouble.

“If I won the lottery they would get half of it,” she said. “I hope they are able to get in touch because I would really like to thank them all.”

She added: “A man who had come across the bridge had seen me and rushed to help me.

“I only know him as Jimmy and know that his parents stay in Livingston.

“Another man from Norman Rise, who was walking his dog, then came across and they both managed to lift the scooter off me.

“My husband and grandson haven’t stopped laughing since I told them.”

Terry revealed she was a rookie scooter driver, having taken delivery of the “very heavy” machine a month before the accident.

She also admitted she was prone to confusing the forwards and backwards levers.

“I’ve only had the scooter for about a month and I’m still getting to grips with it,” she said.

“It’s one of the really heavy ones. I was trying to turn it around and had just meant to touch the backwards lever.

“But I pushed it too hard and went flying. The heaviest part of the scooter landed on my 
ankle and my dog was trapped as well.

“I’m riddled with arthritis and would have been stuck there for hours if those men hadn’t come to help.

“I would really like to thank them. I bet they killed themselves laughing that night – I would have.”

She added: “I had landed in dog poo as well, just to top it off. I was stinking.”

Last year, a total of 164 people across Britain were injured in mobility scooter accidents.

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