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A WOKING man who risked his life by helping to rescue a driver and his young daughter from a burning car has been given the Royal Humane Society’s highest award.

Lee Watts receives his award from the Royal Humane Society

Lee Watts, of Horsell, was driving back from holiday in Devon with his wife Stacey and their four children when they saw the car collide head-on with a lorry.

The former Navy marine engineer said his military training kicked in and he just jumped out and ran to the damaged car.

“I could see that flames were coming out from the engine and I knew I had to get the people out of car,” he said.

Lee and Stacey Watts with Lee’s award

The driver of the lorry in the crash, Paul Le Marechal, had run up to the car driver’s door and was trying to open it.

The injured man was virtually unconscious and had a badly broken leg.

The crash had buckled the door, making it hard to open. Finally wrenching it open, the two men managed to move the driver to safety when the car burst into flames.

Police said later that with the car already ablaze and fuel spilling from it the risk of Paul and Lee being “engulfed in flame or caught in an explosion was very high.”

For more details get the 28 March edition of the News & Mail

CLOSURE - Guildford road was temporarily closed by police

CLOSURE – Guildford road was temporarily closed by police

A DRIVER had to be cut from her car following a two-vehicle collision in Mayford.

Emergency services were called to Guildford Road at around 9.45am this morning following a crash between a grey Ford Focus and a black Ford Fiesta.

Firefighters were forced to pry open the roof of the Ford Focus to release the trapped driver who was treated for minor injuries by paramedics at the scene.

Two women were taken to the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford with minor injuries.

The road was closed between Prey heath Road and Burdenshott Road as police cleared debris and the vehicles were removed.

The road has now been reopened.