The BMW driver breaks the barriers and drives the car into the river  British news

The BMW driver breaks the barriers and drives the car into the river British news


A BMW EV sits underwater in the River Hiz in Hitchin (Image: Casey Gutteridge/SWNS)

The BMW driver had a lucky escape after accidentally driving through a barrier and into a river.

63,000 pounds An EV (electric vehicle) plunged into the River Hiz in Hitchin Town Centre, Hertfordshire yesterday.

Despite the SUV being almost completely submerged, it is said that the female driver managed to get out unharmed.

It is believed that he thought the EV was in park mode and accidentally hit the accelerator, which sent the vehicle into a barrier and into the water.

According to witnesses, the BMW IX3 was parked in Portmill Lane West Car Park, which sits next to the river.

Witness Casey Gutteridge, 32, said: ‘The only thing I heard was someone saying the woman hadn’t had a car for a long time.

‘One minute he was in the car and the next minute he was in the water.

An electric BMW that ended up under water after a parking accident in Hitchin town centre, Image released February 25 2024. See SWNS SWNAriver story.  A BMW driver was left counting the cost after they accidentally smashed their ?63,000 electric car through safety barriers - and plunged into a river.  Residents in Hitchin town centre, Herts, were left stunned when the two-tonne SUV veered off course and landed in the River Hiz yesterday (Sat).  Witnesses said the BMW IX3 electric SUV was parked in Portmill Lane West Car Park before it hit the railings beside the waterway.  Although the car almost completely submerged, it is believed that the driver got out unharmed.

Emergency services were at the scene (Photo: Casey Gutteridge/SWNS)

‘With electric cars you don’t even know they’re driving sometimes. I think he didn’t have a car for a long time and this happened.

‘We were passing by and saw a lot of sirens. We parked and within a minute or two we saw the car in the water.

‘There were two traffic cops watching from a distance which was very funny.

‘Apparently it was released about three or four hours later. I think because it’s electric they have to make sure it’s OK.

An electric BMW that ended up under water after a car park accident in Hitchin town centre, Image released February 25 2024. See SWNS SWNAriver story.  A BMW driver was left counting the cost after they accidentally smashed their ?63,000 electric car through safety barriers - and plunged into a river.  Residents in Hitchin town centre, Herts, were left stunned when the two-tonne SUV veered off course and landed in the River Hiz yesterday (Sat).  Witnesses said the BMW IX3 electric SUV was parked in Portmill Lane West Car Park before it hit the railings by the waterway.  Although the car almost completely submerged, it is believed that the driver got out unharmed.

The car was taken out at 7pm last night (Photo: Casey Gutteridge/SWNS)

‘It is very fortunate that no one was injured. Many families use the path along the river.’

Hertfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and the car was lifted and placed on a recovery lorry just before 7pm.

In a similar situation, a man in Norway thought his Tesla was in park mode earlier this month and he unfortunately drove it into a freezing fjord.

Fortunately, and rather unusually, he and the passengers were saved by the floating sauna.

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