Italian Job Rescue

Italian Job Rescue

The fire brigade had to carry out an Italian Job-style rescue for a motorist trapped in his van as it dangled off motorway bridge and with a pedestrian walkway beneath.

The van ended up with its rear end hanging off the road after colliding with a car and smashing through a barrier. The incident happened on Tuesday 1 May at around 2.40pm at junction 26 of the M60 in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Firefighters made the van safe using a hand winch to stabilise the vehicle before freeing the male driver using cutting equipment. He was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary by ambulance. A woman and a man were freed from the car by firefighters and airlifted to Wythenshawe Hospital by North West Air Ambulance.

Peter Lamb, of Whitehill Fire Station, said: "The van was hanging precariously off the motorway and it was balanced on the edge so the first thing the crews had to do was make it safe to make sure the vehicle didn't drop over the edge where the subway is. Once the van was stabilised, the crews were able to free the casualties. They freed the driver from the van and then the two people in the car who were taken to hospital by two air ambulances which were requested by the ambulance service."

Italian Job Rescue

The 'cliffhanger' scene in the Italian Job is one of the iconic moments of British cinema. A gang, led by Michael Caine, are driving through the Alps with a haul of stolen gold when their getaway lorry ends up perched on the brink of disaster. Caine famously tells his gangmembers: "We're balancing right on the egde. Very slowly move this way. Very slowly."

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