Woman’s stomach ripped out by seatbelt in horror crash before she was saved by mysterious Good Samaritan

A former pub barmaid has spoken of being injured in a horrendous motorway crash which meant she had to learn how to walk again.

Keeley Clarke was travelling at 70mph with her partner Callum along the M5 near Birmingham[1] on February 29 when she hit a stationary car in the centre of the road, which did not have its hazard lights on. It had previously collided with another vehicle, Derbyshire Live[2] reports.

Keeley said her side of the car crumpled straight away following the crash, which meant her legs were crushed. The airbag had collapsed her lungs and the seatbelt tore part of her stomach out, before leaking fuel set the car alight while Keeley was stuck inside.

The 23-year-old spoke about how an unknown lorry driver ripped the door open to save her from the wreck. Neither she, Callum nor the police could identify the Good Samaritan, who vanished after saving Keeley.

The former barmaid, who had taken on an Army role at a base in Pembrokeshire before the crash said: “Essentially, there was a stationary car with no hazards on in the fast lane and me and my partner were driving at night and hit them at full speed.

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Keeley Clarke is in hospital
Keeley Clarke is in hospital (

“I’ve had multiple operations on my stomach and my bowel, as well as a bunch of metal rods and nails in my thighs because my femurs in both legs were completely crushed. I was then put in a coma for four days and have been slowly learning how to walk, talk and eat all over again.”

Despite being dealt an extremely tough hand in the last few months, Keeley’s unrivalled positivity has left her in fine spirits as she spoke from a military rehabilitation centre, where she has remained since undergoing treatment. Keeley now says she looks forward to getting home and recovering as quickly as possible, admitting that she is keen to get back into uniform as soon as they’ll let her.

A fundraiser has been set up by Keeley’s brother, Lee, who looks to run a marathon to raise funds for essential items that he hopes will ease Keeley’s recovery. She said: “It’s really nice to see that people are behind me and I really appreciate the money that’s been donated.

“We weren’t expecting to get many donations at all, but to see nearly £2,000 raised is so nice to see, I’m just so grateful.” The money will be used to buy a new bed and to replace Keeley’s belongings that were left behind in her “exploded” car – which, in itself, is another major expense that will need to be paid for.

Lee said: “I have decided to run a marathon at Carsington Water on Saturday, June 29, and raise as much as I can to help my sister buy a comfortable bed and some essentials when she returns home. When I have completed my run, I aim to give her every penny in cash – along with some flowers and a card.

“Please help in any way possible, every penny helps and my sister means the world to me. I thank you in advance for your donations.” If you want to support Keeley as she looks to make a full recovery, you can donate to the GoFundMe page by clicking the link here.[4][5]


  1. ^ Birmingham (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Derbyshire Live (www.derbytelegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ Molly Mae’s ‘gorgeous’ Diana-inspired blazer is now 40% off in the PrettyLittleThing sale (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ world (www.mirror.co.uk)
  5. ^ clicking the link here. (www.gofundme.com)