Driver rescued from water after incident at accident blackspot

A man had to be rescued from the water by firefighters at an accident blackspot yesterday (Wednesday, December 29).

Long Sutton fire crew attended the incident at around 8.15am after a car entered the river at Saturday Bridge off Ravens Bank in Holbeach St John.

The driver of the car managed to get out of the vehicle before fire fighters helped him get out of the water.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Crews used manpower and a ladder to extricate one adult male from the water after he self released from the vehicle. He was handed over to East Midlands Ambulance Service.”

Two months ago Holbeach Parish Council approached Lincolnshire County Council about improving signage at the bridge following several previous traffic incidents.

Coun Peter Sparkes said: “There’s been several accidents there recently. It’s a dangerous spot, 60mph on the road in both directions and people don’t slow down.

“On several occasions cars have ended up in the dyke.

“There was an illuminated sign at one point that worked intermittently and I think it would help if it was reinstated.”

The most recent meeting of Holbeach Parish Council heard that the county council was looking into the request.

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