Elderly driver narrowly avoids dog walker as he smashes through railings and plummets 20ft to beach below because he didn’t realise he was in reverse gear
- Elderly couple had to be pulled out of Toyota after it fell 20ft off promenade
- Emergency services scrambled to Colwyn Bay Beach, Wales at 5pm yesterday
- Witnesses claim male driver reversed over two kerbs and pavement before
An elderly couple were taken to hospital after their car shot backwards, smashing through railings and falling 20ft onto the beach below.
Emergency services were scrambled to Colwyn Bay Beach in north Wales at 5pm yesterday after the silver Toyota tore through the railings at the Rhos-on-Sea promenade.
Witnesses claim the vehicle narrowly avoided hitting a woman walking her dog as it sped backwards over two kerbs and a pavement before ploughing through the railings.
They believe the man driving the car hadn’t realised he had put the car in reverse.
Emergency services are pictured cutting an elderly male driver out of his car after it reversed through railings and onto the beach 20ft below at the Rhos on Sea promenade at Colwyn Bay Beach in north Wales yesterday afternoon
The male driver is pictured being stretchered to an ambulance. The passenger was also taken to hospital
A crane was used to pull the car off the beach, with considerable damage left to the metal railings
Police officers were seen approaching the car with a breathalyse the driver before he was cut from the vehicle and taken to hospital. MailOnline has contacted North Wales Police for comment.
A crane was used to pull the car off the beach, with considerable damage left to the metal railings.
A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman told the North Wales Pioneer: ‘We were called on May 14 about 4.55pm to reports of a car having fallen onto the beach from the promenade at Rhos on Sea.
The broken metal railings at the Rhos On Sea promenade, north Wales are pictured
Emergency services were scrambled to Colwyn Bay Beach in north Wales at 5pm yesterday after the silver Toyota shot through the Rhos-on-Sea promenade
‘We responded with one rapid response vehicle and two emergency ambulances.’
A North Wales Fire And Rescue spokesman also told the paper: ‘We were called at 5.01pm and the stop time was at 6pm.
‘One vehicle was involved and we assisted the ambulance. We used hydraulic cutting gear to remove two people from the vehicle.
‘Two appliances attended – one from Llandudno and one from Colwyn Bay.’
Witnesses claim the driver (pictured) narrowly avoided hitting a woman walking her dog as it sped over two kerbs and a pavement backwards before tearing through the railings
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