A hero police officer clung on to a van hanging precariously over the edge of a motorway bridge to stop it from toppling below — with his BARE HANDS.
PC Martin Willis – known as Motorway Martin – managed to hold on long enough for emergency services to arrive who then freed the trapped driver.
It’s believed the male driver lost control of the van and almost careered down an A1(M) embankment.
He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews used wire ropes to drag the van to safety.
PC Willis, who patrols the M62 from junction 22 to 27, described how he clung on to the wheel of the vehicle to stop it from swaying in the wind and falling off the bridge.
He tweeted on Friday: “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 describe my relief when @WYFRS arrived on scene!”
The accident happened close to junction 44 for Aberford and Bramham, near Leeds, in icy conditions on Friday morning.
Two Northbound lanes of The A1(M) were closed for most of the day.
Since you’re here …
More worrying is the staggering decline in independent, investigative journalism. It costs a lot to produce, so many publications facing an uncertain future can no longer fund it.
With nobody to hold the rich and powerful to account, or report on the issues that don't fit with the mainstream 'narrative', your help is needed.
You can help support free, independent journalism for as little as 50p. Every penny we collect from donations supports vital investigative journalism.