Car plunges through stone bridge and into river on Somerset border

A car has plunged into the river from a stone bridge on the Somerset border this afternoon (Monday, April 18). A male driver was the only occupant of the Vauxhall Zafira which crashed through the bridge and ended up in the water.

The man is believed to have escaped without serious injuries after the crash at Hukeley Bridge, near Tiverton. Police called out experts to assess damage to the small stone bridge and ensure liquids from the car did not pollute the water.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “A car has come off the road and gone into the river. The river isn’t very fast flowing or deep and the single male occupant of the car doesn’t appear to have any injuries.

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“The council has been informed because there is some damage to the bridge. Officers are at the scene to make sure radiator fluid and fuel does end up in the water.”

Traffic monitoring website, Inrix, reported the incident happened on the B3227 in Shillingford at around 12.50pm. The road runs from Bampton to Newtown.

Inrix states: “Reports of accident and bridge struck by vehicle on B3227 at Huntsham turn off. Traffic is coping well. Reports suggest a vehicle has gone through the bridge and into the river.”

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