Christmas delivery driver escapes van after torrential rain caused flooding

Moulton Packhorse Bridge flood

A FedEx van driver had to climb to safety after his vehicle became stuck in flood water at Moulton Packhorse Bridge - Credit: Graham Higgins

A delivery driver was forced to clamber on top of his van to safety after his vehicle became stuck in flood water beneath a medieval Suffolk bridge.

Moulton Packhorse Bridge flood

Moulton Packhorse Bridge flood - Credit: Graham Higgins

The van ran into trouble in the flooded Packhorse Bridge ford at Moulton, near Newmarket, on Christmas Eve.

Moulton Packhorse Bridge flood

Moulton Packhorse Bridge flood - Credit: Graham Higgins

Heavy and persistent overnight rain led to flooding across much of the county, with warnings remaining in place, and flood water still causing travel problems on Thursday morning.

Moulton Packhorse Bridge flood

Moulton Packhorse Bridge flood - Credit: Graham Higgins

The FedEx driver managed to climb from the driver's seat of his van and scale the bridge to dry land.

Moulton Packhorse Bridge flood

Moulton Packhorse Bridge flood - Credit: Graham Higgins

Graham Higgins was passing the east side of the bridge and spotted an Environment Agency officer looking on.

Moulton Packhorse Bridge flood

Moulton Packhorse Bridge flood - Credit: Graham Higgins

He too watched from safety as the driver was able to free himself and reach the bridge at about 12.10pm.

A spokeswoman for FedEx confirmed that the driver was safe, and that vehicle and its content had been recovered.

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