Car plunges into River Roding from A406 in Ilford

The car was left partially submerged in the River Roding.

The car was left partially submerged in the River Roding. - Credit: Archant

A car plunged from the A406 down a 15ft bank into the River Roding in Ilford in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters had to free the 20-year-old driver, who was trapped in the partially-submerged car after the accident near the junction with Ilford Hill at 3.45am.

Crew manager Andy Watson was at scene with crews from Ilford station.

He said: “He had skidded across the lanes about 100ft and gone into the river.

“The bank must be about 12 or 15 ft.

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“We had to go into the water but we managed to get him out.

“He was very lucky.”

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Several ambulances and a hazard response unit were sent to the scene.

Paramedics treated the driver for shoulder, chest and abdomen injuries and he was taken as a priority to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Police said the injuries were “not life-threatening”.

The car is thought to still be in the river.

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