Policeman holds on to lorry on edge of bridge

A lorry driver is recovering from a “terrifying ordeal” which saw his vehicle teeter over the edge of a busy motorway bridge.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the northbound carriageway of the A1(M) in West Yorkshire shortly before 6am on Friday after the lorry careered off the road in icy conditions.

Police Constable Martin Willis was first to respond to the accident and describe on Twitter how he had to hold on to stabilise the vehicle with the driver still trapped inside.

The driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Pic: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Image: The driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Pic: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

He wrote: “1st on the scene of this collision on the #A1M this morning and faced with a vehicle balancing over the edge of a bridge with the driver trapped!”

He added that he grabbed the vehicle to stop it swaying in the wind.

Police and fire and ambulance crews were all called to the scene. Pic: West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Image: Police, fire and ambulance crews were all called to the scene

And he said he “couldn’t begin to describe his relief” when crews from the local fire service arrived to assist, with the driver eventually rescued and taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: “The male casualty is recovering in hospital after what must have been a terrifying ordeal – we wish him well.”

Two lanes were shut while the incident was dealt with, which caused some traffic delays.