A police officer held on to a van to stop it falling as it teetered on the edge of a motorway bridge. The driver of the van was trapped inside when PC Martin Willis arrived at the scene on the A1(M) in Yorkshire on 1st December 2017.
PC Willis was the first to arrive at the scene after the van skidded off the road in icy conditions. PC Willis said that he grabbed on to the van to stop it swaying in the wind. He managed to hold onto the van and keep it steady for 15 minutes until help arrived and they were then able to free the driver. PC Willis is also know as Motorway Martin to his twitter followers and took to social media to reveal his heroics.
He said “It was scary as I was worried another collision could occur and hit us on the hard shoulder as traffic was speeding past. I’m only doing my job though. It was balancing so I just had to hold it still”
It was revealed that the van driver remained calm throughout his ordeal but was probably unaware of just how precariously his van was balanced and how big the drop was beneath him. The driver was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious but not life threatening injuries. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service had to use ropes to drag the van to safety.
Motorway Martin posts tweets about road safety, dangerous conditions and traffic incidents in his local area. His Twitter Bio says “I patrol the iconic M62 from junction 22 to 27!”. His tweet about the incident was posted at 11.16am on the 1/12/2017 and said the following:
1st on the scene of this collision on the #A1M this morning and faced with a vehicle balancing over the edge of a bridge with the driver trapped! After holding on to the vehicle to stop it swaying in the wind I can’t begin to desribe my relief when @WYFRS arrived on scene!
PC Adam Pace tweeted “Your superman cape isn’t in this photo though! Must have come off in the fracas!”. So many further posts followed claiming PC Willis was a “hero”, “you deserve a medal”, “what a brave man” and in all of the responses PC Willis was humble and says that “he was only doing his job!” What a hero – a real life superman!