A woman who held the Guinness World Record for the world's longest fingernails cried when she lost them in an accident.

Lee Redmond

Lee Redmond

Lee Redmond spent decades growing her nails to over 8 metres long, but they were ripped off in a 2009 car crash.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''The first thing I spotted in the road was a finger nail and I started crying.''

Lee - who now keeps the nails in a plastic bag to remind of her the record - added: ''It was just something I had to accept because I couldn't change anything.

''The thing that bothered me was, it becomes your identity. I felt I had lost part of that.''

Before the accident, Lee had grown her nails since 1979 and admitted she felt unable to cut them.

She explained: ''It was just a challenge to myself to see how far they would go before they started twisting out of shape.

''I kept setting dates and dates that I was going to cut them and I just couldn't do it.''