British TV actress Kim Tserkezie was rushed to hospital on New Year's Day (01JAN06) following a car accident in Newcastle, England.

Wheelchair-bound Tserkezie, who plays Penny Pocket in children's TV show BALAMORY, was travelling in a taxi with her 10-year-old son JAY when the vehicle sharply braked to avoid hitting another car.

Tserkezie, 31, was thrown from her wheelchair and was taken to the city's General Hospital. She suffered cuts and bruises; Jay was uninjured.

She says, "I'm so thankful to be alive. If we had hit the car in front of us, I probably would have gone through the windscreen."