Sharmila Mistry is giving evidence in her trial at Leicester Crown Court. She has been charged with two counts of careless driving after a car crash that killed two toddlers. She told the jury:
Mistry went on to recall thinking her car was going to explode, getting out of the passenger side and sitting on the pavement.
"I could see the children," she said, "and I could realise that this was something more than being hit by a car."
The 41-year-old from Bushby in Leicestershire denies causing the deaths of two toddlers by careless driving.
The defence's case has started at Leicester Crown Court.
Sharmila Mistry has been giving her account of the moments leading up to the crash:
She had just dropped her two sons off at summer camp and nursery, had done some supermarket shopping and was on her way to a meeting at work in Kettering.
The defendant told the jury she received a call on her hands free mobile phone from a colleague and was still mid-conversation when the crash happened.
Mistry recalled seeing the children involved in the crash on the pavement as she approached the junction.
She also remembered looking at the traffic lights and seeing that they were green about five to six car lengths ahead of her.
Mistry from Bushby in Leicestershire denies causing the deaths of two toddlers by careless driving following the crash in Leicester in August 2012.
The jury has heard a transcript of a police interview with Sharmila Mistry which took place hours after the crash on 6 August 2012. She is accused of causing the death of two toddlers through careless driving.
Mistry told police she was driving in the right hand lane on Narborough Road. "The next thing I knew the airbags had blown up and I couldn't see in front of me," she continued. "I held onto the steering wheel and slammed on the brakes".
The 41-year-old from Bushby in Leicestershire denies two counts of causing death by careless driving.
A driver accused of causing the deaths of two toddlers in a car crash in Leicester is expected to give evidence in her defence today. Sharmila Mistry's BMW collided with a Mini which had gone through a red light at the junction of Narborough Road and Braunstone Gate.
The impact diverted her car into two children in pushchairs - Oliwier Baczyk, aged one, and Zofia Tabaka, aged two. Both died of severe head injuries. The driver of the Mini has since died in circumstances unrelated to the crash.
The prosecution claims Mistry failed to take action which could have reduced the chance of the collision in August 2012.
Mistry from Bushby in Leicestershire denies two counts of causing death by careless driving.
West Midlands Ambulance Service have released a statement following the death of a man who was involved in a car crash on Ansty Road, in Coventry.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:
“The driver of one car, a man, was seriously injured. Ambulance crews administered advanced emergency treatment at the scene before conveying the man by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.
"Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews and hospital medics, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at hospital.
“The passenger from the same car, a woman, and the driver of the second car, a man, both sustained minor injuries. Both were taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire as a precaution.”
A crash which led to the death of a 27-year-old man, on Ansty Road in Coventry, caused major damage to two properties this morning.
Coventry Police have arrested the driver of the other vehicle - a 25-year-old man - on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Ansty Road in Coventry was closed for five hours last night after a crash in which a man was killed.
The 25-year-old local man died after a collision at the junction with Wyken Croft, close to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.
Police say two houses were also damaged in crash at shortly after 10 o'clock last night.
A 27-year-old man has died after a crash in Coventry last night in which two houses were damaged.
Ansty Road was closed for almost five hours following the crash.
A 25-year-old man from Eastern Green has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
A young man has died after a stolen car crashed into a wall in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.
Police were called to Balsall Heath shortly after 2.30am today after an Audi A6 collided with a wall at the junction of Clifton Road and Lime Grove.
Emergency services were quickly at the scene and three men were freed from the vehicle, but a 24-year-old man suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead.
The man’s family have been informed.
Three men from the vehicle, aged 21, 22 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. The 25-year-old was also detained on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving. They remain in police custody this morning.