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Miracle escape after van crashes into swollen River Tamar

By WBGraeme  |  Posted: February 01, 2014

  • The van in the River Tamar at Gunnislake

  • The van in the River Tamar at Gunnislake

  • The van in the River Tamar at Gunnislake

  • Police close a bridge over the River Tamar at Gunnislake. Picture: Jason Clark

  • Damage to the bridge at Gunnislake

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THE driver of a van is lucky to be alive after his vehicle crashed off a bridge into the swollen flood waters of the River Tamar this morning.

The white highways van was swept a quarter of a mile downstream by the flood water at New Bridge, Gunnislake, between Callington and Tavistock.

By a miracle, the driver escaped, shocked but not seriously hurt.

A police spokesman said the driver had suffered a suspected broken arm and had been taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for treatment.

The emergency services were alerted at around 9.30am.

The A390 road has been closed and a spokesman for Devon County Council highways said the bridge could remain closed for at least a week for repairs to the stone parapet.

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