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Tamworth crash driver left hanging over canal

Crashed car hanging over canal bridge Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image caption The driver escaped by climbing out through the back window

A driver who crashed through a bridge over a canal leaving her car hanging "precariously at a 40 degree angle" has escaped injury.

Her car avoided ending up in the water in Tamworth when part of the bodywork hooked onto the bridge railing, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Emergency crews were called to Glascote Road at about 16:20 BST on Wednesday.

The driver - a woman in her 50s - climbed out through the back window.

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Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image caption Firefighters cut through the seats of the vehicle for the driver to escape from the back window

The vehicle was unstable so it would not have been safe to get the driver out immediately, the ambulance service said.

"Firefighters firstly secured the car and then removed the seats and helped the woman to climb out through the back window," said a spokesman.

Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image caption The vehicle's bodywork was hooked onto the bridge, preventing it from crashing into the canal

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