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Pair lucky to escape after car plunges into River Thames

A man and woman were lucky to escape with their lives after their car came off a residential street and plunged into the River Thames.

Emergency services were scrambled to Wilsham Road in Abingdon at 1am on Saturday morning.

The incident happened off Wilsham Road Credit: Google Images

Onlookers told fire crews that the car left the road, crashing into a parked car before landing in the Thames ten metres out from the bank.

The two occupants were able to open the doors and swim to safety in the very cold conditions.

One female casualty was treated at the scene for shock and signs of hypothermia.

The water rescue boat from Kidlington Fire Station was launched and crews used a specialist underwater camera to check that no further people were in the vehicle and that no other cars were involved.

The fire service rescue boat was used to check for further casualties Credit: OFRS

“This incident highlights the need to drive to the conditions in front of you. These two individuals were incredibly lucky on two counts.

They were not badly injured from the crash and they were not then trapped in the vehicle under water.

When we arrived, the car was completely submerged and on the river bed.This incident had the potential to have resulted in two needless deaths.”

“We have been to two instances of vehicles leaving the road and entering the water at this junction in the last 6 months. I would urge all drivers, especially at this time of year, to drive to the conditions in front of you and make responsible choices when driving”.

– Crew Manager Cook