Witnesses that saw Sheridan Smith lose control of her Range Rover during Storm Arwen and plough into a tree at high speed have revealed the crash was so bad they were left thinking ‘someone must be dead’.
Sheridan, 40, escaped with just cuts and bruises, but a dog walker who saw the wreckage of her vehicle has now told The Sun: ‘The scene was horrific. I automatically assumed, ”s**t, someone must be dead in there”. But then I looked in the car and there wasn’t a person to be seen.’
He added: ‘I panicked and started searching through the bushes shouting […] but there was no reply. The car was completely trashed with the engine hanging out and the whole of the front of the bodywork missing.’
Shocking: Witnesses that saw Sheridan Smith lose control of her Range Rover during Storm Arwen and plough into a tree at high speed have revealed the crash was so bad they were left thinking ‘someone must be dead’
A video from the crash obtained by the publication shows the extent of the damage with the wreckage sitting on the roadside and in the trees.
The actress and singer was driving the £100,000 car round a tight bend just yards from her home in Essex when she swerved off the road.
The crash happened in the village of Little Sampford during icy conditions on Saturday on a 90-degree bend on a rural lane which has a 60mph speed limit.
Sheridan and her boyfriend Alex Lawler were said to be in the car at the time of the horror crash which left the mother-of-one with cuts and bruises, reported The Sun.
Shocking: A video from the crash obtained by the publication shows the extent of the damage with the wreckage sitting on the roadside and in the trees
Shocking: The damage was extensive following the collision
The collision caused severe damage to the higher branches of the tree, suggesting that the car may have been in the air as it crashed. It is not known what speed she was travelling at.
Essex police confirmed that they had spoken to Sheridan and her boyfriend after the crash and that no other driver was involved and there had not been a crime committed.
Officers found large fragments of the £100,000 Range Rover including a rear bumper and lights on the floor at the scene.
The crash near the village of Little Sampford, Saffron Walden, Essex, came just 90 minutes before an episode of The Jonathon Ross Show – in which Sheridan was a guest – aired on ITV.
Sheridan reportedly had a backstage meltdown and threatened to sack her team in a row about misogyny after her appearance on show.
Shocking: The collision caused severe damage to the higher branches of the tree, suggesting that the car may have been in the air as it crashed
The star filmed the chat show alongside Gary Barlow, and fellow guests Jeremy Clarkson, Riz Ahmed and Sting.
But reports suggest that despite seeming in good spirits on camera, Sheridan claimed the show had a ‘chauvinistic’ atmosphere, and felt she ‘hadn’t been treated kindly,’ and lashed out at her team for organising the interview.
It’s unclear what directly upset Sheridan, who was the only female guest on that episode, but a show spokesperson said she told host Jonathan it ‘wasn’t him.’
A source told The Sun: ‘Sheridan was absolutely furious when filming on Jonathan Ross had ended.
‘She claimed the atmosphere was chauvinistic and there was an air of misogyny. She also claimed that she felt she had not been treated with kindness.
‘Sheridan was seen shouting at the team who had come with her and said she was sacking them at one point. It was clear Sheridan was upset with her team backstage after filming.’
Couple: Sheridan and her boyfriend Alex Lawler were said to be in the car at the time of the horror crash which left the mother-of-one with cuts and bruises
While a spokesperson for Jonathan Ross told the publication: ‘Sheridan seemed to have a great time on the show but appeared to become upset afterwards.
‘Jonathan asked her if she was okay and she said, ”Don’t worry, it’s not you.” So Jonathan assumed it was a personal matter between Sheridan and the group of people she’d come with.
‘We will investigate immediately. I hope Sheridan knows we would never take a claim of this kind lightly.’
An ITV representative shared to MailOnline: ‘When booking the show, we are always keen to ensure we are diverse and inclusive to all. We treat our guests with courtesy and respect at all times.’
Happier times: Sheridan is pictured next to her new Range Rover with a salesman in Essex