A van driver in Hertfordshire had a lucky escape at the weekend when his vehicle careered through safety barriers on the M1 and plunged 40 feet onto a busy road that ran underneath the motorway.
The incident took place at Garston near Watford when the van which was travelling southbound suddenly veered off the carriageway and ended up on the A405/High Elms Lane junction below the M1. Emergency services raced to the scene and had to use cutting equipment to free the driver from his cab. The fire crews from Watford and nearby Garston had to take the entire roof off the vehicle to get to the trapped man, however, much to the surprise of everyone in attendance the young van driver escaped with what were described as minor injuries.
His commercial vehicle insurance company are still waiting to discuss the incident with the driver but an eye witness on the motorway reported that the vehicle had veered inexplicably into the central barrier before crossing all three lanes and crashing through the rails.
Gary Sanderson from the East of England Ambulance Service said: “On our arrival it was evident the van had fallen approximately 40 feet onto the A405 below the motorway near to High Elms Lane and the van was completely crushed. Due to the nature of the call, the Essex Air Ambulance was dispatched to the scene and landed in a nearby field. Amazingly a man received slight injuries and following treatment by land and air crews, he was taken by land to Watford General Hospital for further care. The man was very lucky.”