Motorists’ lucky escape after driving into 6ft deep pothole

March 8, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

This is the incredible moment three men had a miracle escape after their two-tonne pick-up truck fell into a 6ft deep – POTHOLE.

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The huge crater – measuring 10ft long, 8ft wide and 6ft deep – swallowed two thirds of the white 4×4 Nissan Navara.

The hole appeared on Patshull Road, Albrighton, Shropshire, near RAF Cosford at just before 6.50pm on Monday.

According to West Midlands Ambulance Service the hole was full of water when the truck drove straight into it.

Three men who were in the vehicle managed to scramble to safety.

The driver, a man in his 20s, suffered back and leg injuries and was taken to Prince Royal Hospital in Telford.

Another man in his 20s, believed to be the driver’s brother, suffered a shoulder injury while a man in his 40s had a cut on his leg.

Murray MacGregor, spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: ”When crews arrived they were told that there had been problems with the water main throughout the day.

”The 4×4 pickup truck had been driving along the road when it came across the water filled hole and had no warning before driving straight into the hole.

”It was left at such an angle that the rear wheels were off the ground.

”Amazingly, the electrics continued to work leaving the lights on underwater leaving an odd glow.

”Thankfully, the three men in the vehicle were able to get out of it without assistance.

”A man in his 20s had suffered back and leg injuries.

”He was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to Princes Royal Hospital in Telford for further assistance.

”Another man in his 20s had a shoulder injury while a man estimated to be in 40s had a cut on his leg.

”They did not require hospital treatment.

”Crews at the scene said, at one point ambulance vehicles had to be moved back as it was feared that a second hole was starting to develop with water gushing up through the road.

”In many respects it was fortunate that it was a large vehicle that went into the hole – had it been a small car, the whole vehicle might have been submerged and that could have led to a very different situation.”

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, an incident support officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.


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