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Lucky escape as car plummets onto M42

A MIDDLE-aged man had a “miraculous” escape after his car plummeted off a flyover and fell 50ft onto the motorway below.

A MIDDLE-aged man had a “miraculous” escape after his car plummeted off a flyover and fell 50ft onto the motorway below.

Incredibly the driver, who was in his 50s, escaped the ordeal without any serious injuries.

The accident happened on a flyover above the M42 on Bank Holiday Sunday.

Emergency services were called to the scene - near to Junction 6 - at just after 8pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews found a car on its roof in lanes 1 and 2 on the M42, South bound carriageway.

“It is believed the car had crashed though a barrier situated on a flyover that runs over the motorway, around 50ft high. The car had flipped over and landed on the carriageway below on its roof.”

Fire crews from Coleshill and Bickenhill had to cut the motorist out of his vehicle and paramedics checked him over at the scene. He was taken to Heartlands Hospital as a precaution.

“Due to the nature of the crash, the man was extremely lucky not to suffer serious or even fatal injuries,” added the spokesman. “It is also fortunate that the crash occurred when the traffic on the motorway was relatively light and no other vehicle crashed into the wreckage of the car.

“It is miraculous the man escaped injury considering the damage to the car.”

 

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