A Tale of Forgiveness From Devon

A good news story from Exeter on the Express and Echo Website:

An East Devon couple were seriously injured in a head-on crash in October 2012 when a drunk driver was travelling on the wrong side of a dual carriageway.

Now, two years later, survivor Maggie Gordon has told Echo reporter Adam Walmesley how the horrific accident changed her life and why she has forgiven the driver.

IT was one of the more horrifying incidents to have occurred on the city’s wider road network in recent years.

A drink driver, twice over the legal limit, made a U-turn, drove the wrong way on the A30 between Exeter and Honiton, and hit another vehicle.

The crash took place at around 12.25am on 21 October 2012 as Maggie Gordon, 50, and her husband Nick, 51, were travelling from the city to their home near Ottery St Mary.

Maggie said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw two headlights coming towards us. Nick swerved to avoid the car, and then I blacked out.”

The mother-of-two was left fighting for her life in hospital and facing a two-year road to recovery.

Just hours before the crash the couple, who are both committed Christians, were enjoying a meal in the company of church friends in Exeter.

As they began the short journey, the couple were talking casually and listening to Christian music.

Then suddenly they saw a car, driven by Michael Morgan, 57, travelling at speed straight towards them.

Despite frantic efforts to avoid it, the crash took place and Maggie passed-out.

She woke-up to find herself trapped inside their stationary car on the highway in pitch darkness.

Maggie said: “I remember that it was really cold, it was really dark, and we were in a lot of pain. I couldn’t believe we were both still alive, but I thought I was going to die.”

Nick had managed to exit the vehicle, but collapsed on the ground in pain before he could reach his wife.

Passers-by rushed to the aid of the couple and contacted the emergency services.

Maggie said: “I gradually felt in more and more pain. I tried hard to keep breathing, stay conscious and just hang on.”

She suffered severe chest and stomach injuries, two broken legs and two cracked vertebrae. Nick sustained two cracked ribs and a severe cut to his leg.

From the moment of arriving in hospital, Maggie said her Christian faith gave her comfort and peace.

Maggie said: “I didn’t know if I would live or die, but I felt strangely peaceful. I couldn’t really pray, but I had a deep sense that God was with me. I thought of Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me’.”

Read more at the Express and Echo website.

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