A British police officer received a shower of praise for grabbing a van and preventing it from falling when it hung on a bridge over a highway with the driver trapped on Friday.
Martin Willis, a road police officer with West The Yorkshire police wrote on Twitter along with pictures of him holding the truck he was holding in the vehicle to prevent him from "swinging in the wind". From his profile named Motorway Martin, he could not "begin to describe [alivio] [his]" when the firefighters arrived.
According to a statement from the Yorkshire Police, Willis was first on the scene near exit 44 after receiving a call at approximately 5:47 am local time on Friday, reporting multiple highway collisions.
He discovered that there were several separate collisions with one that involved the van in question that crashed into the barrier and hung over the bridge. 19659002] Willis said: "I just saw this van at the top of the bridge through the railing and contacted the control to say: & # 39; I have to stop here, this looks very serious & # 39; ] "I walked over the shoulder of the incident and, while I was doing it, a truck driver, who was not involved in the incident, shouted to say that there was a guy upside down in the truck," he added. "Every time a truck pbaded, I could see how the truck was swinging and I thought: It's right on the A64, if this truck goes by, it will kill the driver & # 39; Of course, you're also thinking & at any moment, something is going to come to the shoulder and hit me. "
He grabbed the van's rear axle to keep it steady after telling his colleagues to close the road, and rebadured the driver who was trapped inside.
" I told the victim not to panic and said & # 39; we & # 39; I'll get you out of there, whatever you do, do not move. Then I grabbed the rear wheel and pulled in, which helped keep the truck balanced. I was there for a good 15 minutes, I think. "
The driver reportedly suffered serious injuries to his legs that prevented him from escaping from the truck and left him hanging upside down.
He was then rescued by agents from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service after they stabilized the van with a winch and put her safely in an operation that spanned a two-hour period.
The driver was not named and was identified as a 22-year-old man from Bolton, a city in Greater Manchester in the northwest From England, according to the statement, he was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he is being treated for the leg injuries he suffered.
Speaking about the incident, Willis added: "It was a quiet situation, but this is the reality of the work we do. Sometimes you have to take risks and if you need to help someone, you need to help them. "
He was also hailed as a hero on social media for his brave act.