A MAN and a girl had a lucky escape when the car they were in overturned on the Marlow Bypass yesterday, causing bank holiday delays as the road was closed for nearly two hours.

Police, fire and ambulance services were called to the crash just before 11am after a car left the A404 southbound between Handy Cross and Marlow, struck the left hand barrier and flipped over.

Both driver and passenger managed to get out of the vehicle, with police saying the driver suffered a suspected fractured shoulder while the girl escaped with only cuts and bruises.

Richard Boast, watch manager at Marlow Fire Station, said: "Considering they rescued themselves, the car was upside down and on the other side of the barrier, I think they were extremely lucky to walk away as they did.

"We made the area safe and helped the mand and young lady into the ambulance."

Mr Boast said that reports of the car being on fire were false, and that worried onlookers who reported the flames may have just seen the radiator bursting and steaming.

Police closed the road while the wreckage was recovered, and reopened the carriageway at around 1pm.

Both driver and passenger were taken to Wexham Park Hospital. 

Firefighters from High Wycombe and Marlow stations atended the incident.

*Original details regarding the driver, received from the emergency services,  have been updated after new information was supplied to the BFP.