Emergency services were called to Bishopstoke Rd just before midnight to rescue a trapped driver after a car left the road and ended up in the river in almost the same circumstances which claimed the life of a local man 11 years ago
The silver Fiat Punto crashed through railings and came to rest with its front end submerged in around four foot of water with the rear end pointing up towards the pavement in an offshoot of the River Itchen which runs parallel to the north side of the B3037.
When emergency services arrived at the scene which was directly opposite the River Inn they found the driver was still in the driver’s seat and a number of onlookers from the nearby houses.
Police officers were able to communicate with the young driver and assisted him to safety with him climbing out of the boot of the vehicle, where he was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital.
The driver an 18 year-old man form Basingstoke is not believed to be suffering from any serious injuries.
Recovery agents removed the car from the river shortly afterwards.
A section of railings around fifteen to twenty metres in length have been significantly damaged and the Highways Agency were called to the scene in order to assess the damage and make the area safe.
No other vehicles or persons had been involved.
Once the rescue & recovery was complete officers conducted house to house enquiries & examined the scene. Police say that no one has been arrested in connection with this incident but it still remains ‘an active investigation.’
In 2001 a 25 year-old man from Bishopstoke tragically died after his car left the road at the same spot and he spent 50 minutes trapped in his car up to his chest in water – a passenger survived.
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