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Lucky escape for river crash driver

PUBLISHED: 18:30 18 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:33 03 March 2010

A MERCEDES driver had a lucky escape today when his car ended up upside down in a river in an early morning crash.

Police at the scene said it was still a mystery as to how the driver had left the A134 Sudbury to Colchester road, at around 6.

A MERCEDES driver had a lucky escape today when his car ended up upside down in a river in an early morning crash.

Police at the scene said it was still a mystery as to how the driver had left the A134 Sudbury to Colchester road, at around 6.30 this morning.

The car was driving from the Sudbury direction when he crashed through a fence surrounding the River Stour at Stoke By Nayland, close to the Essex border.

The car had flown clear across the river and come to rest against the opposite bank.

It had hit the fence so hard that fence posts and metal railings from the bridge were also strewn around the river.

Fortunately, it landed close to the edge in about three feet of water.

At the scene Suffolk policeman Gary Buss said the male driver had a lucky escape.

He said: "It was just fortunate he went in on this side of the road underneath the bridge at the sluice gate, because the water is much deeper on the other side of the road."

The fire service was also called to assist, but two passers-by had witnessed the accident and had already helped dragged the driver clear of the car.

No personal details of the driver are known, but he was taken to Colchester General Hospital.

No one else was in the car at the time and the Environment Agency has been contacted as oil could be seen in the water following the accident.


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