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Crash and Marry... Security guard, 23, pops big question while trapped under car

wasn't how he imagined it.
Trapped under a car with blood gushing from his head was certainly not the ideal place for a grand romantic gesture.
But, fearing he might die, security guard Mark Lindley seized the moment to pop the big question.
The 23-year-old asked girlfriend Lisa Slater for her hand in marriage as they waited for paramedics to arrive. 
She said yes - and they are now expecting their first baby together.


The big question: Mark Lindley, left, proposed to Lisa Slater, right, while he was trapped under a car that had run him over



Minutes before the proposal, on March 3, the pair had been trying to push Miss Slater's broken-down Vauxhall Corsa along Bury Road in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, with two friends when another car hit them from behind.  
The impact knocked Miss Slater unconscious and dragged Mr Lindley 30 yards along the street.  
He was trapped underneath the engine of the Citroen Picasso involved in the shunt when he proposed.
Miss Slater, who said yes, is now pregnant and looking forward to her life with Mr Lindley, who is battling back to health.
Mr Lindley, from Middleton, said: 'I thought I was dying. I could feel blood gushing out of my head, I couldn't feel my legs and I could smell petrol.
'At that point I realised how much I loved Lisa and I thought "I have to ask her to marry me".'
Firefighters took more than an hour to free him from the wreckage.  


He suffered a gash to the side of his head, ripped ligaments and tendons in both of his legs and had severe bruising and cuts to his stomach and hands.  
Paramedics took him to the Royal Oldham Hospital where he remained for 12 days.  
The driver of the Picasso was also taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.  
Miss Slater, 23, a nurse from Smithy Bridge, suffered a fractured rib in the crash.  
She said: 'I remember Mark saying 1..2..3.. push and at that moment a black Citroen Picasso went into the back of Mark.  
'I was flipped over the bonnet of the car and my two friends were crushed between my car and a fence.  
'I woke up in the middle of the road, and as I looked up I could see my crushed car, but there was no sign of Mark.  

Recovering: The couple are now expecting their first baby, but have not yet set a date for their big day


'I looked up the street where the Picasso was and I could see Mark's legs hanging out from beneath the car.  
'All I could hear was screaming and Mark was making a loud moaning noise. I was sure he was dying.'
The couple, who have been together for 18 months, are expecting their first baby in February - but are yet to set a date for their big day.

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