Driver rescued from drop

By Sam Acourt in Emergency Services

A driver was rescued by firefighters after the van he was in was left hanging over the edge of a drop in the River Avon.

The Ford Transit had left the road near the Turtley Corn Mill restaurant just after 7am on Tuesday last week.

When police arrived the driver was trapped in the van with his foot on the brake, preventing the vehicle from rolling backwards down the bank into the river. Police officers used logs as chocks to prevent the van from rolling back.

When firefighters from Ivybridge and Buckfastleigh, arrived they released the driver and used a winch to drag the van to safety.

A spokesman for Ivybridge firefighters said: “The driver was still in the vehicle with his foot firmly on the brake stopping it from sliding further down the bank and into the river.”

He added: “Kingsbridge police were on scene on our arrival and had made some improvised chocks from logs and did their best to secure the vehicle with the equipment they had.

Fire crew used a winch to initially secure the vehicle allowing the release of the driver, before the van was dragged back onto the road.

The spokesman added: “The van had sustained no damage and the driver went about his normal day having been lucky enough to sustain no injuries.”

The road was closed while the rescue operation was being carried out.

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