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Lucky escape for driver of taxi who reversed into Huddersfield Broad Canal, Aspley Marina

Car still beneath murky waters of Huddersfield Broad Canal

A taxi is still beneath the murky waters of a Huddersfield canal after a crash drama.

The Honda car sank in six feet of water at Aspley Marina on Saturday evening after the taxi driver misjudged a manoeuvre in a wharfside car park.

The driver, who works for a Calderdale firm, had dropped off a passenger in the car park when the vehicle trundled off the jetty into the Huddersfield Broad Canal.

A woman passerby saw what happened and managed to help the stricken driver from his vehicle.

He was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics and was said to be badly shaken but unhurt.

Alan Dickinson, who lives on a narrowboat moored on the canal, said: “I heard the sirens but thought nothing of it as we are close to the busy main road.

“Then I saw people on the footbridge looking into the water and thought someone may have fallen in.

“You could see the boot of the taxi sticking out of the water.

“He was very lucky; it’s not too deep but it is very cold and he would not have survived long in those temperatures.

“A woman had managed to help him out of the water. She told the paramedics that he had tried to get out of the sunroof but finally got out of the driver’s window.

“I don’t know how he ended up in the canal but there were tracks in the snow leading right over the edge of the wharf.”

Recovery engineers are working on a plan to get the car out of the canal.



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