A DOG raised the alarm after a car overturned on a quiet country road last night.
Border collie Jess woke her owners after the incident on Ffordd Maeshafn Road, Nercwys, shortly after 11pm.
Emergency services were at the scene within five minutes of the call and took two casualties to Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
David Buckland said he and his wife Mary had just gone to bed when they heard Jess barking.
“It wasn’t her normal barking,” said Mrs Buckland. “It was awful and it didn’t stop when I came downstairs. It would normally. She just carried on barking.”
Jess seems to have been disturbed by the woman injured in the crash who had made her way to the house.
Mrs Buckland said the woman who had escaped the overturned vehicle was covered in blood but able to walk.
“I don’t know how she got out of the car,” she said.
David Buckland praised the woman for showing “great presence of mind” in coming to the house which would have been hard to spot in the darkness.
With no mobile phone coverage in and around the small village, the detached cottage had been the only place to summon help.
“But we both have very bad hearing so it’s really all down to Jess,” said Mrs Buckland.
Mr Buckland added: “The ambulance people kept thanking me for stemming the blood on the lady’s wound – but Jess is the heroine.
“If it hadn’t been for her we wouldn’t have known anything had happened.”
North West Ambulance Service say the driver, a man, thought to be in his 40s, suffered head injuries in the accident.
The woman, also thought to be in her 40s, was treated for back pain. Police described the injuries as minor.
Firefighters made the damaged vehicle safe and it was removed from the scene.