TEENAGE Wrexham star Jonathan Brown had a miraculous escape from a Christmas Eve horror smash.
The 18-year-old, on loan from Cardiff City, was driving through roadworks on an unlit stretch in Mid Wales when his car flipped three times and plunged down an embankment.
The Wales Under 21s international smashed his way out of the mangled wreckage of the Ford Fiesta Zetec and ran back up the bank for help.
And, after being given the all-clear, he played the full 90 minutes for the Dragons in their Blue Square Premier Boxing Day draw at Barrow.
The accident happened as Brown was making the 150-mile trip from his family home in Litchard, Bridgend, to North Wales when his car left the road at about 11pm.
He had driven back to South Wales to exchange Christmas presents with his family and girlfriend after training with Wrexham on Christmas Eve morning.
Brown emerged on to the roadside where fellow motorists stopped to help. They called an ambulance but paramedics who carried out medical checks found he was unhurt.
He then contacted his parents from the scene and told them of his escape.
His father Steve said: “Thank God he was okay and no-one else was involved. It’s been a shock for us all, but Jon has been very, very lucky.
“In the boot of his car were his football boots and Christmas presents. All Jon was concerned about was getting his boots so he was ready for training the next morning.”
Dragons boss Dean Saunders revealed Brown told him about the smash only after he appeared against Barrow.
Saunders said: “The reason Jon didn’t say anything was because he wanted to play at Barrow and, although he really should have said something beforehand, it’s to his credit that he was determined to keep his place in the team.”