Man who survived this horror crash meets Leeds firefighters who saved his life

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A driver who was seriously injured in a motorway crash met the fire crew who rescued him.

Thomas Dulson, 24, went to Garforth Fire Station on Monday, December 3, to thank the crews who saved him a year on from the dramatic crash.

Mr Dulson's van overturned Iveco van hanging on a bridge at junction 44 near Bramham, above the A64 motorway.

Mr Dulson's van overturned Iveco van hanging on a bridge at junction 44 near Bramham, above the A64 motorway.

Mr Dulson, a delivery driver from Bolton, spun off of the A1 motorway last year on December, 1, when his van hit ice.

The van ended up suspended from a bridge, hanging 40 meters over the A64.

In the video he describes the horrifying moment he lost control of the wheel and careered off the road.

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Pictured with Mr Dulson are firefighters Steve Bartle, Wayne Moore, Ryan Simpson, Watch Commander Phil Norman Swallow and Simon Littewood

Pictured with Mr Dulson are firefighters Steve Bartle, Wayne Moore, Ryan Simpson, Watch Commander Phil Norman Swallow and Simon Littewood

Fire crews had to secure the van first because of it's dangerous position.

They then using specialised cutting equipment to tunnel through the side of the vehicle to reach Mr Dulson.

Incident commander Phil Swallow, who Mr Dulson met on Monday, crawled in and spoke to Mr Dulson before a paramedic assessed his injuries.

In the video he explains why the rescue was one of the most challenging rescues they had ever come across.

Mr Dulson was conscious through the two hour long ordeal where he hung upside down in the driver's seat with two broken legs.

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When fire crews finally retrieved Mr Dulson from the wreckage, he was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary.

Since then he has had over five operations to try and reconstruct his legs.

Surgeons have inserted metals pins into the bones of his left leg to help it heal and he has undergone a skin graft.

In the video he explains how grateful he is for the work of the firefighters.

Mr Dulson said: "I honestly cant put into words what they did for me. Without them I might not have my legs, I might not be walking.

"It could have been a completely different story."

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A total of 14 fire crews were involved in the rescue.

Crews from Garforth Fire Station were first on the scene, followed by Wetherby, Killingbeck and Cleckheaton Fire Station's technical rescue unit.