An elderly couple in Idaho, USA, were rescued after their pickup truck crashed through the safety barriers on a bridge and they were left hanging over the edge above a 100-foot gorge.
The incredible escape was only made possible through the skills and fearless work of emergency rescuers who put their own lives on the line to help the trapped couple.
Photos and footage of the 2004 Ford F-350 pickup were beamed around the world with people struggling to believe the rescue was not a scene from a movie.
According to the Sun, Idaho State Police were called to the emergency at 2.45pm on Monday after reports of people trapped off a bridge in Malad Gorge.
The unnamed occupants, both in their 60s, were only kept alive due to safety chains linking their vehicle to a camper trailer on the bridge and the fast thinking of a state trooper and local sheriff’s deputy who used additional chains as backup.
Idaho State Trooper, Jeremy Banfield, said: "We attached some chains to the rear of the vehicle to make sure the chains that were presently holding it, didn’t break."
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When emergency crews arrived they were able to use specialised rescue gear and attach harnesses to the occupants of the pickup truck.
The exact reason why the truck ended up crashing through the bridge remains unclear but witnesses described seeing the vehicle crashing through the safety barrier after swerving.
Both occupants were taken to Magic Valley hospital for treatment but their injuries were thankfully not life-threatening.
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Idaho State Police spokesperson Lynn Hightower said: "It was terrifying. It was definitely a heroic rescue from everybody that was out there, and thankfully, they're all fine.
"A rescue like this takes a lot of quick thinking and action but this is what they train for.
"That training just paid off today, and two people are alive because of the hours and hours of training that these emergency responders do."
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