A family of four from Hong Kong were lucky their rental van
did not roll further than 40m down a gully after it came off
the Remarkables access road yesterday, and rolled ''several
times'', ripping a door off.
After the 5pm accident, the family was taken to Lakes
District Hospital, the daughter with a suspected broken ankle
and the rest of the family apparently uninjured.
Fire crews used a rescue basket to haul a family member up to
Sergeant Keith Newell, of Queenstown, said it appeared the
driver had lost control of the van while driving down from
the Remarkables skifield, just past Windy Point, after their
first day skiing.
''They've come round a tight left-hand corner on a gravel
road and lost control of the car. It's gone off the road and
rolled several times 40m down a bank,'' Sgt Newell said.
He said the family were ''very, very lucky''. Three police
units, two ambulances and three fire units attended.
Senior station officer of the Frankton Volunteer Fire Brigade
Grant Bewley said a door on the van had been ripped off
during impact and the family were lucky not to have been
thrown from the vehicle.
''It's come to rest in a small gully, and if that gully
wasn't there, they would have continued another 50-60m,'' Mr
The accident was not witnessed but a family first on the
scene helped the Hong Kong visitors.