A DRIVER who narrowly escaped life-changing injuries following a crash with a tractor has made a "remarkable" recovery according to police.

The woman's car collided with the tractor in the Furzebrook area of Wareham in May. During the incident, the tractor's loading forks pierced through the Seat's windscreen and came to a halt just inches away from her. Firefighters spent more than an hour freeing the driver, who lives in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, from the wreckage of her car. She was flown by air ambulance to hospital.

The tractor driver, a local man in his thirties, was badly shaken but otherwise uninjured.

An investigation into the circumstances of the crash has now concluded and neither drivers were prosecuted. However, officers gave words of advice to both drivers.

"The collision occurred following an unfortunate set of circumstances where the tractor driver had lowered his forks to avoid low tree branches, and at the same time, the car driver ended up on the opposite side of the road in the path of the tractor shortly prior to the collision," a Dorset Police spokesperson said.

"The tractor driver was unharmed in the collision and after an extensive period in hospital, the car driver has made a remarkable recovery and is in the process of returning to full time work."

Now officers are reminding the farming community to ensure they correctly secure sharp tractor loader attachments when travelling on public roads.

Police Constable Donal Doyle, from the Alliance Roads Policing Unit, said; “When travelling on the public highway, the forks or any other front mounted handling equipment should be folded back and secured, covered or protected by an appropriate guard or removed and carried separately, such as on a trailer.

“If this advice isn’t followed, the tractor driver could be prosecuted for dangerous driving as the attachments pose a significant risk to other road users.”

Tractor drivers should aim to keep the centre of gravity of the loader as low as possible to improve stability and visibility, he added.

Police Constable Claire Dinsdale, from the Dorset Police Rural Crime Team, said; “We know that the farming community take their responsibilities very seriously when travelling on the public highway. However, with shorter days and additional farming machinery moving around on the roads at this time of year, we felt it was the right time to remind drivers of their responsibilities.”