Man escapes from Gunnislake river plunge van

New Bridge, Gunnislake, 1 Feb 2014 The white van demolished a section of the bridge wall and plunged about 15ft (5m) into the River Tamar

A man has been taken to hospital after his van crashed through a bridge wall and plunged into a fast-flowing river in Cornwall.

The accident happened at about 09:00 GMT on the New Bridge in Gunnislake.

The van demolished a section of the parapet wall and plunged about 15ft (5m) into the River Tamar.

The 30-year-old escaped from the van and managed to get to safety. He has been taken to Derriford Hospital, but is not thought to be seriously hurt.

The bridge is expected to be closed for a week and diversions have been put in place.

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