Every time I drive over a bridge I think about how terrifying it would be to fall off. That's not something that has ever happened to me, or something that has even come close to happening, but it is still always in the back of the mind. After reading the news today, I don't think that thought is going anywhere.
Earlier this week a driver in West Yorkshire, England had their car go over a bridge. It didn't completely fall down, however, and was instead stuck in an awkward position with the driver trapped inside. Police arrived at the scene and one officer had to hold the vehicle in place with his bare hands.
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! pic.twitter.com/E8ilktlOl7— Motorway Martin (@WYP_PCWILLIS) December 1, 2017
The officer, who goes by Motorway Martin, connected with the driver's family over twitter.
John Regan Just like to say thanks "motorway martin" for your intervention, the driver is our son and you'll never know how grateful my partner and I are you should be renamed motorway marvel once again thank you so much— Simon (@sregan1971) December 3, 2017
He’s in Leeds infirmary. Tom is my brother. He’s had both legs pinned and needs skin grafts. He’s got a long recovery but at least he’s alive.— Simon (@sregan1971) December 3, 2017
I hope he recovers well. He was incredibly brave and must be made of strong stuff to withstand being trapped for so long! Best wishes to you all and a speedy recovery!— Motorway Martin (@WYP_PCWILLIS) December 3, 2017
I’ll pass these messages on to my dad. You are 100% a hero. Our family are forever in your debt. God bless you and all your family— Simon (@sregan1971) December 3, 2017
Thank you so much for your kind words. I was only doing my job and really pleased I was able to help.— Motorway Martin (@WYP_PCWILLIS) December 3, 2017
Motorway Martin may not see himself as a hero, but the rest of the world sure does.
ONG Martin, well done that must have been so scary. Adrenaline kicks in but a brave thing to do. 👍🏼😊— Judith (@judithannmax) December 2, 2017
Well done Martin top man I bet you was exhausted after that one takes a lot out of you your doing a fab job 👏👏👏👏— Dennis (@denboy71) December 1, 2017
What a brave man! Strong Guy 💪🏻 Hope the person was not badly hurt— 🎀 One Life Live It 🎀 (@LisaMyLife2017) December 1, 2017
After receiving praise from around the world, Motorway Martin is beginning to think of himself as a hero, as he should.