PICTURES: Lucky escape for driver after car crashes into bridge and lands in Derbyshire river

The Vauxhall Insigina upside down in the River Derwent. Picture by: Martin Naylor/Derby Telegraph.
The Vauxhall Insigina upside down in the River Derwent. Picture by: Martin Naylor/Derby Telegraph.

A driver had a lucky escape this morning after crashing into a bridge and dropping 30ft into a Derbyshire river.

The crash happened on Makeney Road in Duffield, which is currently closed in both directions, at about 2.45am.

The Vauxhall Insignia hit both sides of the bridge before ending up in the River Derwent.

The driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries, while three passengers escaped without serious injuries.

Pictures show serious structural damage to the bridge.

A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman said: "At around 2.45am this morning, we were called to the scene of a road traffic collision in Duffield.

Structural damage caused to the bridge. Picture by: Martin Naylor/Derby Telegraph.

Structural damage caused to the bridge. Picture by: Martin Naylor/Derby Telegraph.

“A Vauxhall Insignia collided with the bridge at the turning between Makeney Road and Duffield Road before finishing up in the river.

“The driver received hospital treatment for minor injuries.

“The roads at the scene were closed in both directions.”

Later in the morning, Derbyshire Roads Police tweeted: "Duffield Bank. Assisting Amber Valley officers last night after this car hit both sides of the bridge & ended up in the Derwent. 4 occupants escape without serious injuries. Blood sample obtained from driver for analysis."

Pictures from @EnvAgencyMids on Twitter.

Pictures from @EnvAgencyMids on Twitter.

Environmental teams, the police and Derbyshire County Council are at the scene this afternoon helping with the recovery of the vehicle.

The Midlands Environmental Agency tweeted: "We're out at the River Derwent in #Duffield working with @DerbysPolice and @Derbyshirecc on the safe removal of car overturned in the river earlier this morning to minimise the risk of pollution on the #environment."

Pictures from @EnvAgencyMids on Twitter.

Pictures from @EnvAgencyMids on Twitter.

Pictures from @EnvAgencyMids on Twitter.

Pictures from @EnvAgencyMids on Twitter.