Teen trapped under car as it lay perilously close to cliff edge

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A teenage driver had to be rescued from his car after it left a coastal road near Weston-super-Mare, trapping his arm underneath the stricken vehicle.

The unnamed 18-year-old driver is said to have come off the dangerous Kewstoke Toll Road, before crossing an area of scrub land and eventually coming to rest just a few feet away from a 40ft drop.

The young man managed to escape from his car, which had rolled on to its side, but his arm was trapped underneath.

Fire fighters from the Avon Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene in the early hours of Tuesday, where they managed to free the motorist, who was eventually treated in hospital for a fractured arm.

A fire service spokesperson told the BBC that the car had to be stabilised due to its proximity to a perilous drop into the sea below.

"Once the vehicle was secured, an airbag and winches were used to lift the car, making it possible to free the arm of the driver," the spokesperson added.

The 1.3 –mile stretch of road has seen five deaths from similar accidents since 1975, with the most recent occurring in 2004 when two teenagers were killed after their car left the road and plunged over the cliff edge.

Improved signage, rumble strips, protective safety barriers and updated road markings have been put in place over the last ten years in an attempt to raise driver awareness of the dangers.