'Lucky escape' for driver after vehicle is washed away by flood water - The Leamington Observer

'Lucky escape' for driver after vehicle is washed away by flood water

Leamington Editorial 5th Oct, 2020 Updated: 5th Oct, 2020   0

A DRIVER had a ‘lucky escape’ after their car was washed away by flood water.

Fire crews from Wellesbourne and Stratford Fire Stations were called to rescue a driver who tried to go through a flooded ford yesterday (Sunday).

The location of the ford is not known.

The vehicle was taken by the fast flowing current and washed downstream, becoming lodged in undergrowth.

Despite the driver managing to smash a window, they were unable to escape.

Firefighters helped bring them to safety and the person was left with paramedics.

A Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Please don’t risk your safety by trying to drive through flood water, and look carefully for depth gauges at fords.

“This driver had a very lucky escape, it could have been a very different story if this had happened later in the evening.

“Please do not put our firefighters at risk by driving through flood water. You will get stuck and we will have to come and rescue you. Please take an extra five minutes and use an alternative route.”

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