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Young driver rescued after river plunge

November 15, 2012

Car  at Bishopstoke in River Itchen

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.

Car in River Bishopstoke

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.

Accident Scene Bishopstoke

Accident Scene this morning pic: Peter Stewart

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.

7 Responses to Young driver rescued after river plunge

  1. Peter Stewart on November 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Hmm! Another accident in a 30 mph limit!

    Glad to hear the outcome was ok. Hope the driver analyses his error and learns a priceless lesson: Running out of road is no joke.

    This, along with all the other accidents in 30 mph limits, should remind people that lowering the speed limit from 40 mph to 30 mph (as was proposed for Alan Drayton Way) does NOT eliminate potentially serious accidents.

  2. Andy on November 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I bet he was driving faster than 30!!

  3. shaun mason on November 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    this is bad if ppl stopped vandalising speed cameras this may have not come to this

  4. Stuart Jebbitt on November 15, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    To create sufficient force to smash through the railings, I suspect he had to be doing way more than 30 mph.

  5. Matthew Myatt on November 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I do think it is important for the police to fully investigate the circumstances of this accident before we hang, draw and quarter this teenage driver.

  6. Felix Lee on November 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    What a scary accident. I wonder what led him to drive off the road. I’m glad he’s alright.

    Matthew’s right, the police need to investigate this thoroughly before anything else.

  7. rob byrne on November 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Speed limits are a ridiculous concept people will always drive at what they feel (rightly or wrongly) is the right speed for the road. So how about a few mini roundabouts in Alan Drayton Way, giving a physical reason to reduce speed and we residents branching off it the chance to get out of our roads ? (mind you, you don’t get a much more physical reason than railings and a river, just shows you can’t legislate accidents away !!!

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