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'Superman' Police Officer Holds Van As It Dangles Off Bridge With Driver Trapped Inside

'Drive carefully,' says modest hero afterwards.

02/12/2017 13:56 GMT | Updated 02/12/2017 14:06 GMT

A police officer has been hailed a hero for holding on to a van as it dangled off a bridge with the driver trapped inside.

PC Martin Willis was the first to arrive at the scene on the A1(M) in West Yorkshire and grabbed hold of one of its rear tyres to keep it still and calm the driver, stuck in the vehicle’s cab.

He tweeted he could not describe his relief when West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue arrived to take control and pull it back on to the road.

The fire brigade rescued the driver who is now recovering in hospital with serious not non-life threatening injuries. “It must have been a terrifying ordeal,” they said.

Nottinghamshire officer PC Pace told Willis: “Your superman cape isn’t in this photo though! Must have come off in the fracas!”

Wallis cemented his Superman credentials with modesty and polite advisories to people driving.

“It’s not going to be as cold tonight but beware,” he said. “As there is still the potential for ice if skies clear. Drive carefully.”