A student somehow managed to get her arm trapped in her car steering wheel, and had to call 999 to get free.
Solome Asfaw, 19, usually rests her arm through the bottom of the wheel.
But she hadn’t realised that it was on full lock, meaning the gap was much smaller than usual.
Thankfully, her friend Chelsea Cariazo, 18, was on her way back to bring her an apple pie from McDonald’s, and was able to try and help.
She tried applying hand sanitiser and baby oil to help wriggle the arm free, but all that happened was that a lot of it got on the flood of the VW Polo.
After over an hour of trying, they gave up and called 999.
Four firefighters showed up in a fire engine to where the car was parked outside Salome’s halls at De Montfort University, Leicester.
They managed to free the law student using lubricating jelly.
Solome, originally from Bradford, said: ‘I cannot tell you how embarrassing it was.
‘It was such a sticky situation and I started to panic when I realised I was properly trapped in my steering wheel.
‘Everyone came out of halls, there were two building sites nearby and all the builders came to watch, as well as loads of people from the gym next door.
‘I just kept my head down – but people have been messaging me ever since saying they can’t believe it’s me.
‘When I told my mum she laughed and said that whenever me and Chelsea are together nothing goes smoothly.
‘It’s true – there’s never a dull moment.’
Solome and Chelsea, an architecture student from Leeds, met at college and both went on to study at De Montfort, where they are in their first year.
‘My arm had swollen up and was completely stuck,’ Solome said.
‘The only thing I can compare it to is when someone puts a lightbulb in their mouth and then can’t get it out again – I kept picturing that when I was stuck and it just made me laugh even more.’
Describing the moment they called 999, Solome said: ‘The woman laughed at us but said someone was on their way.
‘They arrived in a huge fire truck and the lady put some jelly all down my arm.
‘She tried to pull but it really hurt, so she said just to wait until I felt comfortable to pull myself out – and I was finally free.’
Once the fire brigade had left, Chelsea and Solome returned to their halls of residence to ‘hide’.
‘I was so embarrassed – there were so many people watching,’ she said.
‘I thought it was over with that day, but Chelsea filmed it and put the video on Tiktok, and it’s gone crazy.
‘I don’t think I’ll ever live it down.’
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