THE CONSULTANT Nick Robinson has told of the moment he survived a horror holiday car crash that left two of his friends dead.
Friends James Nelson and Will Redhead, son of BBC R4 Today legend Brian, were both killed.
But Nick admits he still doesn’t know how to get out of the burning wreckage alive.
And he said the tragedy, which he said was “like a meteor hitting”, still sometimes blinded him.
He told Crisis What Crisis? audio files: “I remember the moment I tried to break the window of this two-door car.
“I’m in the back and I can’t get out.
“And I remember I gave up, I mean, I remember thinking, ‘That’s it’.”
The veteran BBC journalist suffered horrific burns and was in intensive care on a ventilator.
And he says the talk about the machines during the pandemic has brought back memories.
But he said he only had a “desire to go back and go back to his former life” and “not overreact”.
He said he turned down counseling at the time, when the service was still in its “early days”.
He added that he has avoided asking himself “what if” questions, because they “become absurd”.
The R4 Today presenter said the crash had him fearing for his two sons, now in their 20s, behind the wheel.
He said: “There was a little bit of me saying I didn’t want them to drive.
“And I really want them to go on vacation and enjoy themselves and the freedom that a car can bring.”
The father-of-two, who has named one son Will in memory of his best friend, said the aftermath of the crash can sometimes “come out of nowhere”.
He added: “I saw a movie a while ago, it wasn’t even about a car crash.
“And I feel myself getting better throughout this movie. By the way, now I realize what the trigger is.
I remember giving up, I mean, I remember thinking, ‘That’s it’
“It’s a movie called Captain Phillips. It’s about a giant Somali pirate.
“There was a moment where he got stuck in a diving bell. And I realized that in his own way, it was bringing back the memory of me being trapped in the car.”
Nick also talked about his battle with cancer after being diagnosed with a tumor on his lung in 2015.
He described his family’s decision to go public with the details of his diagnosis and said it was a breaking news story that was “the weirdest feeling”.
The presenter said telling about her three children was “definitely” the worst part of the ordeal.
He also recalls his fear for his career after the surgery left him only whispering, saying that he initially kept it a secret from many people.
But after months, he learned to use his voice again after the tumor was successfully removed.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17591985/bbc-nick-robinson-survives-crash/ BBC’s Nick Robinson tells the moment he survived the horror car crash that claimed the lives of two of his friends