Man stuck in his car overnight after crash in Markfield, Leicestershire
An injured motorist was trapped in his car for 12 hours in freezing temperatures after his vehicle left the road and ended up in a ditch.
The fire service said the crash happened in Copt Oak Road, Markfield, at about 8pm on Friday and is believed to have involved one vehicle.
A spokesman said the car had come to rest behind a hedge and was not easily visible from the road.
The man remained trapped in the driver's seat overnight until an off-duty police officer spotted the car at about 8am on Saturday and called the police.
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Firefighters cut the injured man free while police cordoned off the scene.
National Grid engineers were also called to shut off power to a nearby electricity pylon which was hampering the firefighters' attempts to release the man.
He was eventually airlifted to Queen's Medical Centre, in Nottingham, by Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
A police spokesman said he was in a "serious" condition in hospital.