M11 Christmas Eve crash driver has 'incredible escape'

Scene of car crash on M11
Image caption The vehicle was effectively "sliced" in half by the collision said the Essex fire service

A driver had an "incredible escape" from serious injury when a car was "sliced" in two as it hit a sign on the M11, Essex Fire Service has said.

The vehicle left the road and collided with a large motorway sign at junction 9a near Great Chesterford at about 14:00 GMT on Tuesday.

No-one was trapped in the vehicle when fire crews from Cambridge, Newport and Saffron Walden arrived.

Firefighters gave first aid to two people at the scene.

Nigel Webb, Saffron Walden incident commander, said the impact had "effectively sliced the vehicle in half sending the front of the vehicle into the nearside bushes and the rear half onto the hard shoulder".

He added that it was "simply an incredible escape for the driver".

An East of England Ambulance Service Trust spokesperson there were two patients involved in the crash, one believed to be a man in his 20s, both of whom escaped with minor injuries.

He said: "They were remarkably fortunate to come away from the incident in this condition as the situation, and their injuries, could have easily been much more serious."

Image caption Five fire crews attended the crash on the M11 on Christmas Eve

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