Tree branches prevent Chillaton car cliff plunge

Chillaton crash Image copyright Matt Gilley
Image caption Fire crews used winching gear to lift the car to safety from its "precarious position"

The occupants of a car escaped unhurt after it went off the road and was left hanging over a steep cliff.

Fire crews were called to the accident at Chillaton, near Tavistock, at about 18:30 BST on Saturday.

An eye witness said tree branches prevented the car from plunging 70ft (21m) down the cliff after it left the road on a steep bend.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Services said the car was winched to safety from its "precarious position".

"There was a sheer drop with just trees and branches holding the car up," Matt Gilley said.

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