The family of a woman who survived a Range Rover crash in which another passenger was killed, and the driver left fighting for his life say they ‘thank God’ she is alive.
Zamarod Arif, 26, was cut out of the £120,000 4×4 after it flew off the A40, smashed into a Tesla charging station and ended up in a flaming heap on the tracks at Park Royal Underground station.
She is believed to have only survived the collision, which happened in northwest London in the early hours of Monday, thanks to her seatbelt.
Ms Arif’s brother, Raza, told the Daily Mail: ‘I found out at 8am. I got a call from the police to say that my sister had been in an accident. It meant a lot that she survived.
‘That is my blood, that is my flesh, that is my everything. I’m very glad and thank God. I can’t ask for more.
‘As her brother, it makes me feel absolutely frustrated. We are all in a state of shock as to how to comprehend someone doing 100mph in a 40mph zone. It makes no sense, no sense at all.’
The other passenger, reported to be a mum aged 33, died at the scene after being thrown from the vehicle, while 24-year-old driver Rada Al Mousawi remains in a critical condition in hospital.
The jewellery store manager is believed to have only recently bought the car.
Shocking dashcam footage shows the moment it slammed through the metal barrier and into the Tesla dealership, where a 56-year-old man was sitting inside his car while it charged.
He too was lucky to escape with non-life-threatening injuries when the vehicle hurtled into his.
Uber driver Nawaf Ali told Mail Online he had been chatting with the Tesla driver before going back to his own car.
The 40-year-old said: ‘Suddenly there was a noise like an aircraft crashing. It was so loud. I ducked my head down and this car came flying over the metal barrier.’
Recalling how he ran back to check on the other driver, he went on: ‘He was in shock. I called for an ambulance straight away. He did not seem to know what had happened but did not seem that badly injured.’
Residents living near Park Royal Station previously described how the collision on the westbound carriageway shortly before 4am was so loud it woke them up.
Andrew Wood, who lives in a block of flats next to the Tube station, said: ‘I thought it was somebody breaking into one of the garages.
‘The car must have smashed the fence, because behind that is the pedestrian walkway and it’s come right over that. Ten minutes after there were helicopters, it was like the Third World War.’
Nada Alobaidi, 31, who lives in the same block of flats, said: ‘I heard a big crash. I came outside and saw a lot of police and an ambulance as well.
‘There was a lot of smoke. I didn’t see the car because it was during the night.
‘The A40 can be quite dangerous around Park Royal Station. Car accidents do sometimes happen.’
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