Somerset

Teenage driver trapped under car on cliff edge

Kewstoke Toll Road Image copyright Google
Image caption The vehicle ended up "a few feet" from a 40ft drop into the sea

A teenager became trapped under his car close to a cliff edge after his vehicle left a coastal road near Weston-super-Mare.

The car left the Kewstoke Toll Road and crossed an area of scrubland before stopping close to a 40ft (12m) drop.

The 18-year-old managed to partially escape from his car, which had landed on its side, but his arm was trapped.

He was rescued by firefighters after the fire service was called in the early hours of Tuesday.

He was taken to hospital for treatment to a suspected fracture of his arm.

An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said firefighters had to stabilise the vehicle which was "a few feet from a 40ft drop into the sea" before the man could be rescued.

"Once the vehicle was secured, an airbag and winches were used to lift the car, making it possible to free the arm of the driver," he added.

Ten years ago two teenagers were killed when their car left the road and plunged over the cliff edge.

Since then, improved signage, new safety barriers, rumble strips and road markings have all been put up along the road.

There have been four other deaths in two similar accidents since 1975 on the 1.3m (2.1km) section of road.

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