A grandmother says she is lucky to be alive after her car ended up in a ditch when she swerved to avoid a speeding driver.

Tracy Pearson, from Diss, was travelling back from her daughter's house in Burston on Saturday (January 28) when the incident happened.

Shortly before 11pm, the 58-year-old was blinded by the bright lights of an oncoming car she claims was driving on the wrong side of the road at more than 70mph.

This caused her to swerve out of the way and her car ended up in a ditch just feet away from a tree.

The driver didn't stop, leaving her alone in the dark, shaken by the experience.

Ms Pearson, who works as a senior support worker in the town, said: "It was really scary and I was lucky it was just my car that got damaged. I could have lost my life.

"It is ridiculous how fast they were going. I swerved out of the way, hit the brakes then crashed into a ditch.

"I was so lucky to not have hit the tree. If I did that would have been it."

Diss Mercury: Ms Pearson's car crashed into a ditch along Burston RoadMs Pearson's car crashed into a ditch along Burston Road (Image: Google)

A man passing by in his car stopped to check Ms Pearson was okay and called the police.

"The driver didn't stop at all and just drove off," she said. "I got out of the car and stepped into about four feet of water and had to scramble up the bank."

Norfolk Constabulary confirmed it was called to the scene of a single-vehicle crash on Saturday involving Ms Pearson's Vauxhall Corsa.

Ms Pearson travels along Burston Road regularly, sometimes making five trips a day between her house and her daughter's in Burston, as she helps look after her grandchildren.

She added: "I make this journey all the time and am always really careful.

"People need to think of the consequences of driving recklessly. It's not just you who is affected.

"Because of their actions, I've lost my car but my grandchildren could have also lost their grandmother."

Anyone with information can contact Norfolk Constabulary by calling 101.