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WATCH: Lightning fast reaction of traffic cop on Madrid motorway

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WATCH: Lightning fast reaction of traffic cop on Madrid motorway
Photo: DGT / Ministry of Interior
11:06 CET+01:00
A Civil Guard officer has become an overnight hero on social media after footage showed him narrowly dodge death when an out of control car came careening towards him.

The traffic cop and his colleague had stopped to deal with a minor incident between two cars at a junction on Madrid's M-607 on Saturday afternoon.

But as he directed traffic around the stopped vehicles, the Civil Guard saw a car hurtling towards him out of control.

He dashed to the side of the road and leapt over a barrier to safety just a split second before the car slammed into the barrier behind him before spinning into the middle of the road and into the path of oncoming traffic.

But rather than take a moment to recover from his near-death experience, the officer leapt right back over the barrier and rushed up to the stricken vehicle to check on the occupants.

The dramatic footage was captured by Department of Transport road cameras and published on the Guardia Civil Twitter account.

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