Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Lollipop lady 'needs recognition'

Police officers stand outside Rhoose Primary School where a car flipped over which left nine people injured, including five children
The scene near Rhoose Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan
A police officer stands outside the entrance to Rhoose Primary School in Rhoose, Wales

A lollipop lady who selflessly shielded children from an out-of-control car could be publicly recognised for her courage.

Karin Williams, 50, may well have saved lives when she pushed youngsters to safety and was left injured and bleeding, pinned under a car.

Witnesses likened the scene outside Rhoose Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, on Thursday morning to a battle zone.

Her local councillor said that the mother-of-one deserves to be publicly recognised for what she did.

His comments come after villagers hailed the lollipop lady a hero.

Stephen Martin, 31, said: "Karin Williams is an absolute hero. She sensed what was about to happen and launched herself at the kids, pushing them out of the way."

Driver Robert Bell, 61, lost control of his Audi after apparently suffering a coughing fit and somehow flipped his car on to its roof.

Nine people - five children and four adults, including Mr Bell and his granddaughter - were injured in the chaos caused by the collision.

A nine-year-old girl remains in intensive care at Cardiff's University Hospital of Wales. Two casualties were released from Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, on Thursday night.

Mrs Williams, who is originally from Germany, lives just 75 yards from where the accident happened.

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