Driver run over by own car after handbrake fails

Mishap puts man in hospital with two broken legs

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Credits: Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

This was the bizarre scene after a car rolled down a slipway, running over its own driver and breaking his legs before coming to rest under the sea.

The unfortunate accident left the Volkswagen Passat almost entirely under water at Penmaenmawr in Wales just after 7pm on Saturday night.

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Police officers and members of Bangor coastguard rescue team were called to find only the roof of the vehicle visible.

It was recovered on Sunday morning by Anglesey-based Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd, according to the Daily Post .

Credits: Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Credits: Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

The firm's general manager, Aled Thomas said: "From what I can understand, the driver got out the car and the handbrake failed, causing the car to run down the slipway and into the water.

"Unfortunately the car also ran him over and has broken his legs and he is in hospital."

Aled's recovery team arrived on the scene at 8.30am on Sunday after the tide had carried the car further down the beach.

Credits: Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Credits: Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

He added: "We could only just see the roof of the car at that point so we had to wait for the tide to go out so we could clear rocks out of the path of the car.

Credits: Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Credits: Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

"We then drove on the beach with the Land Rover and winched the vehicle off the rocks so we could tow it back on to the slipway where is was then loaded on the truck."

Credits: Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Credits: Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd

The whole operation took around four hours.

Earlier this year, Moduron Maethlu Motors Ltd spent hours breaking down the frame of a beer truck after it got wedged under a low bridge in Beaumaris.