Oh no, my engine’s flooded!

PUBLISHED: 10:07 11 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:05 31 May 2010

This Citroen Saxo was swept downstream in Hinxton - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

This Citroen Saxo was swept downstream in Hinxton - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

A MAN got into deep water when he tried driving across the ford in Duxford Road, Hinxton, on Sunday morning. The driver of the Citroen Saxo attempted to drive through the water, which was two feet deep, despite warning signs being in place. He did not ma

A MAN got into deep water when he tried driving across the ford in Duxford Road, Hinxton, on Sunday morning.

The driver of the Citroen Saxo attempted to drive through the water, which was two feet deep, despite warning signs being in place.

He did not make it across and, after escaping unharmed, saw the vehicle swept downstream.

A witness said: "The engine had apparently cut out and the occupant managed to leave the car safely.

"But the car was swept away as the river rose and ended up approximately 30 yards downstream of the pedestrian bridge."

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said they were called at 10.15am and no other emergency services attended the scene.

It is believed a police officer had to wade out to the car in order to put a 'police aware' sign on the car's windscreen.

Casualty reduction officer PC Mick McCready, who is based at Cambridgeshire police headquarters in Huntingdon, said motorists should pay attention to road safety signs at all times.

He added that road closed signs were always in place for a reason and meant conditions were dangerous.

"Drivers should take notice of these signs and abide by these safety measures so that they do not end up being washed down the ford in their vehicles," he said.

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