Strong arm of the law saves dangling driver
A DELIVERY driver in the UK has survived a terrifying crash that left his vehicle balancing on the ledge of a motorway bridge.
The van was reported to have slipped off the road in icy conditions before 6am Friday in West Yorkshire.
1st on the scene of this collision on the #A1M this morning and faced with a vehicle balancing over the edge of a bridge with the driver trapped! After holding on to the vehicle to stop it swaying in the wind I can't begin to desribe my relief when @WYFRS arrived on scene! pic.twitter.com/E8ilktlOl7— Motorway Martin (@WYP_PCWILLIS) December 1, 2017
First on the scene was Police Constable Martin Willis.
Leaping to action the Constable used his weight to stabilise the vehicle on the ledge in an effort to save the driver trapped inside.
The experienced police officer later described the situation on Twitter.
'1st on the scene of this collision on the #A1M this morning and faced with a vehicle balancing over the edge of a bridge with the driver trapped!' he wrote.
He added that he grabbed the vehicle to stop it swaying in the wind.
And he said he 'couldn't begin to describe his relief' when crews from the local fire service arrived to assist, with the driver eventually rescued and taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: 'The male casualty is recovering in hospital after what must have been a terrifying ordeal - we wish him well.'
Two lanes were shut while the incident was dealt with, which caused some traffic delays.
Good evening. Thank you very much to everyone that has tweeted such kind words to me about the collision on the A1M this morning! Very much appreciated! It's not going to be as cold tonight but beware as there is still the potential for ice if skies clear. Drive carefully.— Motorway Martin (@WYP_PCWILLIS) December 1, 2017