The driver of a car that crashed outside RNAS Culdrose on Sunday had a "miraculous escape" after she was thrown from her car, according to one eyewitness.

Lucy Jewson, co-founder of Helston children's clothing company Frugi, was among the first on the scene following the crash at around 10.45am on Sunday.

It took place just after the first bend of the road, heading from Helston in the direction of the Lizard Peninsula.

Writing in response to questions on social media, Mrs Jewson said it was her understanding that the female driver was OK, adding: "Miraculous escape really, as [she was] thrown from her car. Has gone to Treliske to be checked over but I think bar a possible broken nose she should be alright."

Mrs Jewson added that the woman had said the steering of her blue Peugeot had suddenly gone, possibly due to a blown tyre.

"She said she was wearing her belt. Looked like she went through the back window. Car completely mashed. She's one very lucky lady," she also wrote.

Police have confirmed that no other cars were involved and that although the driver was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro by air ambulance as a precaution, her injuries were discovered to be only minor, despite her being thrown from the car.

The road was closed for just over 90 minutes while the driver was airlifted from the scene and her car was towed away, reopening again by 12.20pm.

Motorists were forced to use minor back roads to reach the Lizard Peninsula, causing major congestion for a period, while others spoke of being caught up in long tailbacks going nowhere.