A NURSE died in a head-on crash on her way home from a 12-hour night shift, an inquest heard.

Mum-of-two Corina Diaconu suffered horrific injuries after failing to negotiate a bend and colliding with a vehicle on the A35 at Bloxworth on Mother’s Day.

Police told Assistant Dorset Coroner Brendan Allen they believe she either fell asleep or was distracted by a mobile phone which was on her lap and being used as a SatNav.

The Bournemouth inquest heard that agency nurse Miss Diaconu was travelling from Yeovil Hospital to her home in Lampton Gardens, Bournemouth, when the accident happened.

The 35-year-old leaves a two-year-old son in Bournemouth and a 14-year-old daughter who lives in her native Romania.

The inquest was told Miss Diaconu’s Vauxhall Astra collided with a Peugeot Expert, which was specially adapted for disabled use.

It was being driven by Richard Maes who had four adult passengers. All suffered serious injuries.

The crash took place around 8.30am on Sunday, March 11 after Miss Diaconu finished her shift at 8am. She is said to have taken a series of short breaks during her shift.

It was witnessed by Dr Christopher Smith who said he first became aware of Miss Diaconu’s car when it approached him at speed from behind as he travelled east towards Poole.

Dr Smith said the car appeared to veer within its lane before the crash took place.

He said: “I went round the bend but the car behind me went straight on and collided head-on with a vehicle coming the other way.”

Dr Smith and his wife, who is also a doctor, stopped at the scene but said Miss Diaconu had “no signs of life.”

They helped the people in the Peugeot until the emergency services arrived.

Mr Maes said: “We were all conscious and aware of what was happening. I realised that I was trapped from the waist down.

“It was Mother’s Day and this will stay with me forever, for the lady’s family and my own.”

Mr Allen recorded a conclusion that Miss Diaconu died as the result of a road traffic collision.