February 12, 2008 / 1:38 PM / 10 years ago

Body-builders pluck stranded car from ditch

<p>Bodybuilding competitors in a file photo. A group of 10 body-builders from a German gym took a break from their normal training routine to help a driver whose car was stuck in a ditch, police said on Monday. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh</p>

BERLIN (Reuters) - A group of 10 body-builders from a German gym took a break from their normal training routine to help a driver whose car was stuck in a ditch, police said on Monday.

The men were training at the Explosives fitness studio in Bad Zwischenahn near the western city of Oldenburg when the 38-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle, veered into a meadow and plunged the front of his car into the two-meter (6 feet) deep ditch.

“They dropped their sweat towels and water bottles and ran over the road to the crash site,” a police spokesman told Reuters. “They then heaved the car out. It only took them a few minutes.”

The grateful driver joined the men at the fitness studio bar and treated them to a round of energy drinks, the police spokesman said.

Reporting by Sarah Roberts, editing by Iain Rogers

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