'Careful, or you'll need a brand new combine harvester': Dramatic scenes as farm vehicle hangs over edge of carriageway

  • Brave driver went back IN to vehicle to fetch belongings
  • Combine harvester had been heading to local farm when it collided with lorry

This is the dramatic moment a combine harvester was left perilously hanging close to a slipway bridge after crashing into a lorry.

The agricultural vehicle collided with a lorry on the A34 near Oxford and was positioned dangerously close over the entry slip road after the accident.

But despite the highly perilous position of the combine harvester, its driver amazingly decided to go back into the vehicle to retrieve his belongings.

Close call: The green combine harvester is left perched over the A34 slip road after its collision yesterday

Close call: The green combine harvester is left perched over the A34 slip road after its collision yesterday

Witnesses to the crash claimed they saw the combine harvester driver get back into the vehicle to retrieve his possessions

Witnesses to the crash claimed they saw the combine harvester driver get back into the vehicle to retrieve his possessions

The brave driver, who received minor injuries, was said to have returned to the wobbling vehicle to retrieve items even though one of its wheels was dangling dangerously over the side.

Thames Valley Police say the harvester, believed to be heading for a local farm, struck a barrier over the southbound A34 slip road and was left hanging over the edge.

No one was hurt during the hair-raising incident however, police cordoned off the entry slip road below and specialist teams were brought in carry out the recovery.

Chris Harman, aged 40 years, deputy manager of nearby youth charity Trax, said: 'We heard a loud bang and came outside.

'An artic lorry had hit the back of a combine harvester on the bridge.

'It forced the harvester through the fence just past the bridge and left it dangling over the side.

'Both drivers got out and were walking around. It doesn't look like anyone got hurt but its made quite a mess.

Perilous: The A34 in Oxford was closed for a significant period yesterday as emergency services worked to remove the combine harvester from its dangerous position
Perilous: The A34 in Oxford was closed for a significant period yesterday as emergency services worked to remove the combine harvester from its dangerous position

Perilous: The A34 in Oxford was closed for a significant period yesterday as emergency services worked to remove the combine harvester from its dangerous position

'The combine harvester has one wheel dangling over and apart from that its sat on the bridge but he's quite lucky - a few feet further and it would definitely have dropped to the ground.

'He even got back in to get his stuff out, which was brave given how it was dangling, but he didn't seem too bothered about it.'

Surrounding roads were plunged into chaos after the collision, with traffic queuing for miles yesterday.

The fearless driver was believed to have made a frantic escape as the harvester veered towards the edge.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: 'Specialist equipment is required to recover the combine harvester, which is unlikely to happen before 7pm tonight.

'The A34 southbound will be closed while the recovery takes place and the barrier is repaired. Local diversions will be put in place during this time.

'Drivers are advised to avoid the area and take alternative routes.'

The police and Highways Agency were last night planning a recovery as frustrated motorists watched in amazement from the single open lane of the southbound A34.

The entry slip road was completely closed following the crash.

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