Monday 23 October 2017

'An out-of-body experience' - Olympic boxing hero describes lucky escape from car crash

Michael Carruth (Photo: David Conachy)
Michael Carruth (Photo: David Conachy)
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

Olympic boxing hero Michael Carruth described his lucky escape from a car crash as an "out-of-body experience".

The retired boxer’s car skidded and flipped on the M50 while he was driving to his boxing club.

“It was like I hit a lump of ice is the only way I can describe it," he told Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One.

"Somebody said it’s aqua-planing, when water gets trapped between the tyre and the ground.

"It basically just took control of the jeep from me and I went into one or two spins and I knew I was in trouble.

"That went on for a couple of seconds and then I hit a kerb on the side of the road, and the thing flipped on me.

"The only fortunate thing was it flipped on the passenger side and I didn’t have anybody with me, thank God,” he continued. 

“The Garda came down, stopped all the traffic and he said ‘You know, this happens once a week here.’ It’s one of those black spots.”

Carruth seems to have got away unscathed, but he will be getting himself checked out just in case.

“My ribs are a bit sore now. I’m a typical Irish fellow who wouldn’t go and get checked out, but I will this time just to stop my sisters annoying me - and my wife!

“It was an out-of-body experience where you’re just going ‘what the hell is going on?’ I thought I was in trouble. Somebody had to be keeping an eye on me, there’s no question about it – someone kept an eye on me that day. And I’d like to think it was my parents.”

Carruth’s father died in 2011 and his mother died in 2013; he paid tribute to them on Facebook on Saturday after the accident.

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