A HERO police officer stopped a van dropping off a motorway bridge onto the road below using just his bare hands.
PC Martin Willis – known as Motorway Martin – managed to cling onto the teetering vehicle as it lay on its side and swayed in the wind.
SWNS PC Martin Willis pictured holding onto the van to stop it falling onto the road below
He managed to hold on long enough for emergency services to arrive who freed the trapped driver and secured the van.
It is understood the male driver lost control of the van and almost careered down the embankment of the A1 (M).
He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews used wire ropes to drag the van to safety.
SWNS:South West News Service The van was eventually secured by fire and rescue teams @WYP_PCWILLIS PC Willis – known as motorway Martin – patrols the A1(M) from junction 22 to 27
PC Willis, who patrols the M62 from junction 22 to 27, described how he clung onto the wheel of the vehicle to stop it from swaying in the wind and falling off the bridge.
He tweeted on Friday: “1st on the scene of this collision on the #A1M this morning and faced with a vehicle balancing over the edge of a bridge with the driver trapped!
“After holding onto the vehicle to stop it swaying in the wind I can’t begin to describe my relief when @WYFRS arrived on scene!”