Gloucestershire

Elderly couple trapped for 14 hours in crashed car

Car in ditch Image copyright Stroud News and Journal
Image caption The car had to be pulled from a ditch where it had overturned

An elderly couple were trapped for 14 hours in an overturned car 20ft (6m) down an embankment before being discovered.

The couple, aged 78 and 87, had been trapped since 20:00 BST on Saturday, Gloucestershire Police said.

The vehicle was spotted by a lorry driver on the A46 between Cranham and Nut Hill just after 10:00 BST.

The couple, from Churchdown, were taken to hospital but were not seriously injured.

Image copyright Stroud News and Journal
Image caption Police are still investigating how the car left the road and are appealing for witnesses

A force spokesman said the pair were "extremely lucky" to be spotted by the driver of a high-sided vehicle.

He added investigations continued as to why the driver lost control of the car.

The A46 is closed in both directions and is expected to reopen later.

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