Police officer saves lorry from motorway bridge fall with his bare hands

Police officer saves lorry from motorway bridge fall with his bare hands

Police officer saves lorry from motorway bridge fall with his bare hands

PC Martin Willis was first on the scene of a pretty serious crash on the A1, where a driver had lost control of his lorry, which flipped and almost rolled down an embankment onto the road below.

"I shouted through, "just stay there, we are going to get help to help you out".

PC Willis, aged 50 and from Bradford, risked his own life to save that of the prone driver by holding tight the vehicle's rear axle for 15 minutes to stop it swaying in the wind.

Describing the scene in a tweet, Willis said: "First on the scene of this collision on the A1M this morning and faced a vehicle balancing over the edge of a bridge with the driver trapped".

Willis said: "I just saw this van on top of the bridge through the railings and contacted control to say, 'I've got to stop here, this looks very serious'".

PC Willis, known as Motorway Martin on Twitter, said once firefighters arrived and attached a winch to the vehicle he was able to let go. "It was quite a scary situation but this is the reality of the job we do".

PC Willis said he had been "overwhelmed" by the public's response after his tweet about the incident was shared thousands of times.

"After holding on to the vehicle to stop it swaying in the wind I can't begin to describe my relief when @WYFRS arrived on the scene".

The accident happened close to junction 44 for Aberford and Bramham, near Leeds, this morning in icy conditions. The chance, if this vehicle falls, was that the driver is more than likely going to lose his life.

The driver reportedly sustained serious injuries to his legs which preventing him from escaping the van and leaving him hanging upside down.

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews managed to drag the van to safety using wire ropes.

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