'Hero' Police Officer Says He Was Just Doing His Job

4 December 2017, 15:44

Motorway van

A police officer who clung on to a crashed van to stop it falling from a bridge on to a road below has said: "I was just doing my job."

Pc Martin Willis said he has been "overwhelmed" by the public's response to his actions, after his tweet about the incident near Leeds on Friday morning was shared thousands of times.

Pc Willis - known as Motorway Martin - described how he came across the van upside-down and teetering on the edge of a bridge carrying the A1 over the A64.

After realising the injured driver was trapped inside and spotting how the wrecked vehicle was swaying with the wind and passing lorries, the officer clung on to it for 15 minutes in snowy and icy conditions until firefighters arrived.

Pc Willis said: 

"It was a bit frightening but that's what we do.

"It was another day at the office really. I was just doing my job."

He said it was "one of the strangest and scariest" incidents in his 10 years of policing Yorkshire's motorways.

He said the family of the "incredibly brave" van driver had been in touch via social media and thanked him.

Pc Willis said: 

"They don't need to thank me, that's my job - an ordinary bloke doing an extraordinary job."