Vassell crash drama (12 Feb)
Rookie Aston Villa striker Darius Vassell had a lucky escape following a car crash on his way  home from England under-18 international duty. 

 The 18-year-old, who shot to prominence earlier this season, by scoring twice for Villa in the  UEFA Cup tie with Stromsgodset in September, admitted he was lucky to be alive after skidding  on ice and crashing into a tree. 

 He said: ``The crash was horrific and I could have been killed. Fortunately I didn't have a scratch and I realise that I am lucky to be alive.'' 

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