Flintshire toddler overcomes market accident trauma

Published date: 30 December 2013 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall 
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A FOUR-year-old boy who was left “traumatised” by a horror crash at Mold’s town centre market has overcome his fear and returned to the scene.

Little Alfie Gittins, who was feared crushed as a car ploughed into stalls during the busy market, said he never wanted to return to High Street after the crash earlier this month.

The horrific incident resulted in eight people being taken to hospital.

After the crash Alfie’s parents, Rachel Glantz, 28, and Dean Gittins, 26, praised the quick-thinking of heroic market trader Matty Scott, who grabbed Alfie out of harm’s way as the car ploughed into the stalls.

The couple, who initially thought Alfie had been crushed by the car, said if it hadn’t been for Mr Scott’s actions he could have been killed.

Alfie was left terrified by his ordeal and said returning to High Street on market day would too much for him to bear.

But the brave youngster – who is said to be “getting back to his normal self” – overcame his fear to go back to the scene.

“We went back to the market last weekend and we took Alfie down there,” said Miss Glantz.

“He was a bit wary at first.

“As we were walking up there he asked ‘why are we coming here?’

“He said: ‘this is where it happened’, but I told him it is never going to happen again.”

On Christmas Eve the Leader visited the family home in Llys y Wern, Sychdyn, to deliver Christmas chocolates on behalf of generous market traders, who had chipped in to buy gifts for all the victims of the crash.

One market trader, who wished to remain anonymous, delivered two bags filled with chocolates to the Leader office.

The stallholder also said they were liaising with the police about locating the other victims so the presents could be delivered.

Miss Glantz said the chocolates were “a lovely surprise that she was not expecting”.

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