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Bruges car crash: Doctors confident of avoiding amputations

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Image caption The couple had been staying at a hotel in Bruges

Doctors are confident of saving the legs of a British man and woman after they were crushed against a house by a car in Bruges, Belgium.

Simon Huxtable, 44, and Deborah Dale, 34, from Witney, Oxfordshire, were hit by a Mercedes at 10:30 local time (09:30 GMT) on New Year's Day.

It had been feared both the couple's legs would have to be amputated, but medics are now more optimistic.

A 22-year-old Belgian man was arrested for drinking and driving.

A police spokesman said: "There is still a small chance that they will have to amputate but it seems that they will be able to save their legs. It is very good news."

Family members are at the couple's bedsides' at Sint Jan Hospital in Bruges.

Mr Huxtable appears to be recovering from his injuries while Ms Dale, the more seriously injured, remains in a medically induced coma in hospital.

The pair had been staying at a hotel in the city and were struck by the car during a morning walk on New Year's Day.

The driver, who had been at a New Year's Eve party in the city centre, failed to stop at a junction and hit the couple, pinning them against the wall of a house.

Local police believe he was exceeding the 30km/h speed limit.

The spokesman added: "He drove a bit too fast and, as he had been drinking, he had too much alcohol in his blood."

The driver has been released from custody, had his driving licence revoked for two weeks and will face trial in the coming months.

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