Romney Marsh crash driver rescued after 14 hours

Car upside down in ditch
Image caption A lorry driver spotted the car's wheels 14 hours after it had crashed into the ditch

A man who was trapped upside down in his car in a ditch filled with water for 14 hours has been rescued.

The 44-year-old driver came off the A2070 in Romney Marsh at about 02:00 BST on Tuesday, but was not discovered until nearly 16:00 BST that afternoon.

Kent Fire and Rescue were called to the scene by a lorry driver who had spotted the back wheels of the vehicle.

The man was trapped in an air pocket at the rear of the car, which was almost submerged in 4ft (1.2m) of water.

Watch manager Alan Brown said firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to release the hatchback door, and then winched the car partially up the bank before rescuing the man.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and a doctor before being taken to the William Harvey Hospital, in Ashford, where he is currently in a stable condition.

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