Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A Dunedin driver who crashed into a cow woke up in a
smoke-filled car with an 18-wheeler truck bearing down on her.
Rachel Covey, pictured being comforted yesterday by friend
Stephanie Smith, both of Dunedin, was driving north on State
Highway 1, near Moeraki, about 7.30pm on Friday when ''all of
a sudden a black cow jumped out in the middle of the road''.
She remembered slamming on her brakes before her beloved Mini
Cooper smashed into the cow.
The 26-year-old awoke to find airbags had been deployed in
her now wrecked vehicle, which was fast filling up with
Grabbing her cellphone, she fled the vehicle, fearing it
With no lights coming from her vehicle, she looked in horror
to see the lights of an 18-wheel truck - followed by a convoy
of vehicles - fast approaching.
''So, I stood in the middle of the road flashing my cellphone
so he could see me.''
Miss Covey said the quick-thinking truck driver flashed his
lights in acknowledgment ''then swerved to avoid me''.
One by one, the other vehicles came to a halt, and ''if
people didn't stop then the accident would have been 10 times
Miss Covey escaped with scratches, bruising and whiplash from
the Friday night crash, and did not require hospital
''Everyone has said I was lucky to survive ... the police,
the fire brigade, ambulance officers, witnesses, all can't
believe I walked away.''
''I will definitely buy a Lotto ticket.''
She believed the low height of her car was a major reason she
was unhurt, as the cow was forced up over the bonnet before
striking the windscreen and ''going over the top and behind
''I am not going to drive anything but a Mini Cooper from now
on,'' she said.
Miss Covey said she was heartbroken to hear the cow, which
was later put down, had been distressed as her calf had been
stolen just days earlier.
''I feel really overwhelmed ... it could have ended so