Girl and her dad rescued from car which nearly flipped into River Trent

A man has described the moment he helped to rescue a 14-year-old girl and her dad after their car flipped on its roof and nearly ended up in the River Trent.

Gavin Pascoe, Andrew Pepper and Scott Fairhurst were driving along Tamworth Road near Sawley at around 10.30pm on Wednesday, October 13.

The group, from Selston, were flagged down by an elderly couple on their way back from Clifton to see friends.

They discovered a car which they say had crashed off the bridge and onto the bank next to the water.

“The car had flipped over,” said Gavin.

“In the car were a father and daughter – she was 14 – and they had gone down about a 10 foot drop.

“It ended up in a farmer’s field and honestly it was lucky it didn’t end up in the River Trent. It was really close to the water.

“All I could hear was this girl screaming, she kept saying that she wanted to see her mum. Me and my mates managed to get her and her dad out the car – then we waited for the fire brigade.



From left to right: Gavin Pascoe, Andrew Pepper and Scott Fairhurst
From left to right: Gavin Pascoe, Andrew Pepper and Scott Fairhurst

“The car was completely written off. It was smoking like it was about to go up in flames.

“I couldn’t sleep last night – I kept hearing this girl screaming.

“Obviously I just hope they’re both okay – it could have been a lot worse.”

Leicestershire Police were called to the scene and said the car had collided with a metal barrier on the bridge.

Both occupants were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “At around 10pm yesterday, Wednesday, October 13, police were called to Tamworth Road in Sawley following a report a car had collided with a metal barrier on a bridge.

“Officers attended and found that the car had come to rest in a field.

“The occupants – a man and a teenage girl – were taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

“Enquiries into the incident are continuing.”



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