The driver had a miracle escape after his van plummeted off a bridge and ended up resting upside-down on a river bed.
Fire crews from South Molton, Barnstaple and a specialist rescue team were called to the incident on the B3227 at Bish Mill in North Devon.
Police and paramedics also attended the scene with officers confirming that a man in his 50s was treated for head injuries which were not thought to be serious.
A spokesperson for South Molton Fire Station said: “Fire crews from South Molton, Barnstaple and the specialist rescue team from Barnstaple together with police and ambulance attended an RTC on the B3227 this afternoon.
“One driver was freed from a van that had left the road and had come to rest upside down on a river bank.”
A police spokesperson said: “Police were called to the B3227 at South Molton at around 3pm this afternoon with a report that a van was upside down along the bank of the river.
“A man in his 50s is in the care of ambulance crews being treated for a head injury which does not appear serious at this time.”
At 3.57pm, roads and traffic monitoring service Inrix reported a van had hit a bridge and gone off the road near South Molton.
The alert read: “Accident, a van involved on B3227 Nadder Lane in both directions near Ford Down Lane (Ford Down Farm turn-off).
“Traffic is coping well.”
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