14 May 2010


Last Friday afternoon, yet another road accident happened on the A63 which is Hull's prime link road with West Yorkshire. It seems that a Mercedes, driven dangerously, collided with a small Peugeot carrying two young female soldiers homewards for the weekend. They had been working at the RAF base in Leconfield.

Immediately after this shocking crash, two friends driving back towards Hull in the opposite carriageway leapt out of their car and scrambled over the central barrier to see what they could do to assist. They had been fishing all afternoon near North Cave.

Seeing smoke and flames, they knew they had to act quickly. One of them kicked open the driver's door. They couldn't unbuckle her seatbelt. Fortunately, one of the men had a fishing knife in his pocket. He had sharpened it just that morning and so he was able to speedily cut away the belt. Together the friends were then able to pull the nineteen year old driver clear before her car exploded in a ball of flames.

The men's names are Steve Blakeston and David Upton - pictured below on a bridge over the A63. They are both fifty two years old. However, instead of basking in the warm glow of publicity about their bravery, both men are filled with regret and sorrow. As they were struggling to release the driver, they had no idea that there was another young woman in the crushed passenger side of the vehicle. She died at the scene.

To me these men are true heroes. They acted instinctively to save someone else, ignoring the obvious risk to their own lives. In a world where news services leap on the bad news stories, they demonstrate the essential goodness of human beings. I would like to think that if I had been there I would have done the same - leapt in to rescue - but I am not at all sure that I would have been able to find such courage inside me.


  1. Yes, true heroes and hurrah for them and for people like them. I think we none of us know how we'd react in such a situation and thank goodness they reacted so bravely.

  2. I think most of us would've tried the same but might not have been so successful.

    The generosity of the human spirit is the only thing that subconciously keeps us all going in a world that's controlled by roughly 2% of us that are hell-bent on creating fear, mistrust and selfishness in the world.

  3. Well done on them for doing the right thing....as for me, I hope I am never tested in such a way as I worry that I would fall short.

  4. It's very heartwarming to hear of people going to such lengths for the sake of someone else. I would like to think I would do the same, but I have no idea whether I could.
    This post also brought home to me how cynical I have become these days, as I was waiting for you to say that they had subsequently been charged with carrying a dangerous weapon.

  5. They are heroes, a word that is over-used. I don't know what I might have done in that situation, but I hope I would have done the right thing.

  6. YP: Based upon the little I know about you through your blog posts, I am sure that you would have had the courage to do the same. I mean that.


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