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SEE IT: Hero Cop Clings to Van to Save Driver in Overturned Van From Plummeting Off Icy Bridge

A British police officer was photographed clinging to the side of an overturned van for 15 minutes to save the driver from falling off an icy bridge, CBS News reports.

West Yorkshire Police Constable Martin Willis was on his way to another crash when he spotted the van.

The vehicle was hanging “upside down on top of the bridge,” Willis told BBC News. “I just knew I had to stop at this one; it was a very serious collision.”

Willis said he immediately heard the driver inside screaming for help.

“[I thought] any moment now this vehicle could literally tip over,” Willis said.

Willis stayed cool and grabbed the van’s rear wheel to keep the van balanced.

“We’re going to get you out of there,” he told the driver. “Whatever you do, don’t move.”

“The driver was incredibly brave. He kept still while suffering from severe injuries,” Willis told the BBC. “[I] could see his leg was badly broken.”

After Willis clung to the van for 15 minutes, officers from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service were able to rescue the driver “in an operation taking over two hours.”

“1st on the scene of this collision on the #A1M this morning and faced with a vehicle balancing over the edge of a bridge with the driver trapped!” Willis wrote on Twitter. “After holding on to the vehicle to stop it swaying in the wind I can’t begin to describe my relief when @WYFRS arrived on scene!”

The parent of the 22-year-old driver reached out to Willis on Twitter, writing, “Just like to say thanks ‘motorway martin’ for your intervention, the driver is our son and you’ll never know how grateful my partner and I are you should be renamed motorway marvel once again thank you so much.”

“He’s had both legs pinned and needs skin grafts. He’s got a long recovery but at least he’s alive,” the user wrote. “You are 100% a hero. Our family are forever in your debt. God bless you and all your family.”

“I was only doing my job and really pleased I was able to help,” Willis wrote back.