Driver is rescued from his car roof

First published in News

A MAN had to be rescued from the roof of his car after driving through a flooded road near Pershore.

Two fire crews from Worcester, one from Pershore and an urban search and rescue team from Droitwich were called to Walcot Lane, Drakes Broughton, just before noon last Wednesday after a call from a member of the public.

The man, who was not from the area, was found sitting on the roof of a black Vauxhall Astra and had to be rescued by firefighters. He had tried to drive through the floods and had passed two road closure signs before ending up in six feet of water.

West Mercia Police said: “Officers have spoken to the driver and given him words of advice. As his car ended up in six feet of water I don’t think he will be doing it again. It’s a lesson to be learned for other drivers who might be tempted to drive through a flooded road that’s been closed off by police or highways.”

Sergeant Matt Hooley, operations planning officer, said: “Every time we have flooding problems, we experience a small but significant number of drivers ignoring road closure signs and driving through flooded roads.

“We do not have the resources to staff all the closures with police officers and where closures have been staffed by PCSOs and highways officers, we have even seen some drivers ignoring them.”

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9:07am Thu 13 Dec 12

Maelstrom says...

This idiot drove past “two road closure signs”, before driving into six feet of water! Just because he “wasn’t from the area” is not an excuse for putting the lives of the emergency services at risk, whose resources could have been put to better use. The man should have his licence revoked and be charged for the cost of his rescue not just some “words of advice” from WMP.
This idiot drove past “two road closure signs”, before driving into six feet of water! Just because he “wasn’t from the area” is not an excuse for putting the lives of the emergency services at risk, whose resources could have been put to better use. The man should have his licence revoked and be charged for the cost of his rescue not just some “words of advice” from WMP. Maelstrom
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10:29am Thu 13 Dec 12

Longtreeroad says...

Should he have a driving licence? sounds like a push bike is more suitable.
Should he have a driving licence? sounds like a push bike is more suitable. Longtreeroad
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