Passer-by spots car ‘hanging precariously’ down a steep bank in an East Devon lane

A vehicle ‘hanging precariously’ down a steep embankment with a man still inside was spotted by a passer-by in a lane in East Devon.

Crews from fire stations across two counties were called to Cathole Lane, Uplyme, in East Devon, on Monday morning (May 2) where they found the driver had made their way to safety.

Firefighters said the man inside the vehicle had been left shaken but was uninjured.

An Axminster fire station spokesperson said: “Control took a call from a member of public reporting a vehicle that had left the road way and was hanging precariously down an embankment with a steep drop with a person still within the vehicle near the top of Cathole Lane, Uplyme.”

They added: “Once on scene our crews confirmed one vehicle that had left the roadway in a precarious position but fortunately the occupant of the vehicle, although shaken, had made it to safety uninjured.

“Our crews made the scene safe and handed duty of care over to the police who were also on scene.”

After a member of the public raised the alarm, the fire service ‘immediately’ sent crews from Axminster and Lyme Regis fire stations, the aerial ladder from Yeovil, a specialist rescue team from Bridgewater and a fire engine and supporting officers from Danes Castle, in Exeter.

The Axminster fire station spokesperson said: “Once on scene our crews confirmed one vehicle that had left the roadway in a precarious position but fortunately the occupant of the vehicle – although shaken – had made it to safety uninjured.

“Our crews made the scene safe and handed duty of care over to the police, who were also on scene.”

The driver arranged for the recovery of his vehicle, said the fire station spokesperson.

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