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  • 26 February 2014, 11:09

'Italian Job' Rescue Saves Man In China

Rescuers saved a man from a truck hanging off a bridge in scenes reminiscent of The Italian Job.

The driver died after crashing into a viaduct wall in southwest China - but emergency crews were able to rescue another man as the vehicle teetered on the edge of a 20-metre drop.

They used steel wires and a crane to hoist him from the cabin, where he had become trapped when the truck veered off road.

The entire rescue was captured on film.

Chen Keqi, squadron head of a highway rescue team covering Guiyang City, said: "At the time when our rescuers tied steel wires onto the roof, the truck shook a little - very dangerous.

"The truck damaged in this accident could have broken up at any time."

One third of the truck was hanging off the bridge and the rescue was mounted in the knowledge it could plunge at any time.

Yang Yongjin, head of the rescue team, said: "It was possible to fall from the 20-metre-high bridge amid the operation, so we had to take the driver's life into consideration."

The man escaped with injuries to his feet and legs.

The famous ending to the original film version of The Italian Job saw Charlie Croker - played by Michael Caine - and his gang escape from a bus as it wobbled precariously on a cliff edge.

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