Hero WPC: Policewoman drags driver from burning car hanging 100ft from motorway bridge
PC Sharon Price braved flames to pull the stricken motorist to safety as the wrecked Mercedes hung over a steep drop on the M60 in Manchester
A heroic policewoman risked her life to drag a driver from a burning car as it teetered 100ft over the edge of a motorway bridge.
PC Sharon Price braved flames to pull the stricken motorist to safety as the car hung over a steep drop on the M60 in Manchester.
The police officer was one of the first on the scene at around 2.10am on Sunday morning, where the Mercedes had collided with a van.
The car had ploughed through a guard rail at the side of the Barton High Level Bridge, near to the Trafford Centre, leaving it balancing over the edge.
As fire engulfed the vehicle, PC Price, who is based in Wythenshawe, rushed to drag the stricken man to safety before the car exploded.
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The Roads Policing Unit officer said: “'As soon as I got to the collision, I knew I needed to protect the pedestrians and vehicles involved as traffic was still moving freely and people were panicking.
“I saw the Mercedes hanging over the edge of the bridge and could see it was on fire. I realised that the driver was still in his seat and my main concern was to get him out quickly as I thought the car might explode.
“A man helped me to pull him out of the car from where he was pinned by the motorway barrier and we carried him down the road to a safe place.”
The driver, in his 20s, was taken unconscious to Manchester Royal Infirmary by paramedics.
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Dramatic pictures from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service illustrate how the rod went through the windscreen and out through the car’s rear window.
Firefighters extinguished a fire in the car’s engine and used a steel cable and winches to stabilise the Mercedes and prevent it from toppling over the edge.
A fire service spokesman said: “The motorist was extremely lucky. If he has come away as reported with relatively minor injuries, then it may be considered nothing short of miraculous.”
Chief Inspector Rachel Buckle, of the Serious Collision Reconstruction Unit, said: “What PC Price did was a perfect demonstration of the dangers faced by our officers every day.
“Without a moment’s thought for her own safety she went into rescue mode and pulled this man from the wreckage of the burning car.
“Thankfully she wasn’t injured and her swift and brave actions ensured the motorist only suffered minor injuries.”