Man escapes from Gunnislake river plunge van

New Bridge, Gunnislake, 1 Feb 2014 The white van demolished a section of the bridge wall and plunged about 15ft (5m) into the River Tamar

A man has been taken to hospital after his van crashed through a bridge wall and plunged into a fast-flowing river in Cornwall.

The accident happened at about 09:00 GMT on the New Bridge in Gunnislake.

The van demolished a section of the parapet wall and plunged about 15ft (5m) into the River Tamar.

The 30-year-old escaped from the van and managed to get to safety. He has been taken to Derriford Hospital, but is not thought to be seriously hurt.

The bridge is expected to be closed for a week and diversions have been put in place.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Cornwall

Weather

Truro

Min. Night 5 °C

Features & Analysis

  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa


  • Woman in swimming pool Green stuff

    The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine


  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health


  • Music hackathonMusic hackers

    Sleep-deprived coders enjoy an epic adventure


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ITChild's play

    It's never been easier for small businesses to get their message out to the world

Programmes

  • Tuna and avacadoThe Travel Show Watch

    Is Tokyo set to become the world's gourmet capital?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.