UK girl Nicole Wignall left with shattered pelvis after being crushed by snowball

Updated: 29 Jan 2013
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Nicole Wignall
Monster ball ... Nicole and pals before accident
Nicole Wignall
In hospital ... Nicole yesterday
A GIRL of 16 was seriously hurt when a giant snowball she built with pals hurtled down a hill and crushed her.

Nicole Wignall’s pelvis was broken in four places as the 4ft by 4ft ball of ice smashed her into a wall.

Doctors say her injuries were similar to those suffered by a motorcyclist crashing at speed.

College student Nicole built the snowball after getting the day off lessons because of bad weather.

She said from her hospital bed yesterday: “It took seven of us to push it. We got it to the top of a steep hill, then we had a break.

"I was chatting with my friend and suddenly we saw the snowball coming down really fast.

"My friend moved out of the way but I froze on the spot and the snowball smashed into me.

"I ended up squashed against the wall with this massive weight on me. I think I went into shock.

"I was screaming in pain. It was really bad and I couldn’t move my legs.

"Nobody could move the snowball. My friend pulled me out and I was on the floor until paramedics came. It all happened so fast.”

Nicole will be in a wheelchair for weeks after last Monday’s accident. She may need months of physio before she can walk again.

She is the talk of the Royal Blackburn Hospital, Lancs, where she is expected to be until March.She said: “All the doctors and nurses keep asking to see the snowball girl.”

The ball has now melted. Mum Fiona, 38, said: “It was the size of a small car. She had a very lucky escape.”

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