ELECTRICIANS, police and firefighters were called to a road crash in Mutley last night after a taxi hit traffic lights.
A crew from nearby Greenbank fire station were called to the scene at the junction of Greenbank Road and Mutley Plain, shortly before 8.30pm on Wednesday.
The taxi had struck the traffic lights and firefighters used a spillage kit to make the vehicle and scene safe.
Witnesses say the taxi was 'grounded' and was unable to reverse off the traffic lights - with reports of smoke coming from the wheels and engine.
Technicians from Western Power were also called out to make the damaged traffic lights safe as there were exposed electrical cables.
The passenger of the taxi, an elderly lady, was offered a place to rest and a hot drink at the nearby Junction pub.
Julie Cater had just picked up her two sons from Royal Marines cadets when they saw the accident.
She said: "We were travelling home as I had just picked my eldest two sons up from Royal Marine Cadets at Stonehouse.
"We were stopped on a red light by The Junction pub, a taxi came from Greenbank area, and literally drove over the traffic lights, grounding the car.
"The driver tried to reverse off but it just smoked, as the engine was ruptured and oil was pouring out.
"The Junction pub made [the passenger] a hot drink whilst waiting for the police etc.
"I'm very proud of my sons, Fintan made no thought of his own safety as he jumped out of my car before I'd even stopped and ran across the road.
"He is currently in the process of applying for the army and has his selection in February."
Police said the taxi driver was treated briefly at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Derriford Hospital, although he did not suffer any serious injuries. His female passenger was uninjured.
If you witnessed the incident contact police on 101 quoting police log number 706 of 4/12/13.