A driver had what emergency workers dubbed a miraculous
escape after surviving a 40-metre plunge off a bridge in his
vehicle, which landed upside-down in the Kawarau River.
Arrowtown station manager Greg Potter said the vehicle was
towing a trailer carrying what looked like marquee equipment
when it reportedly began fishtailing on the Gibbston Highway
just before the Victoria Bridge.
The vehicle went over a barrier and fell about 40 metres into
the Kawarau River below, landing upside-down.
It landed close to the bank and the driver managed to clamber
out and onto the river bank with no serious injuries.
Emergency services, who were alerted around 6pm yesterday,
were amazed the man had survived, and with no major injuries.
Mr Potter called it a miraculous escape.
"How the hell he got out, we're still shaking our heads.
"That man should go and buy a Lotto ticket, but he hasn't got
any luck left I don't think."
The man had been travelling from Cromwell to Queenstown when
the accident happened.
"He came on to the Victoria Flats bridge and lost it. The
trailer turned side-on, blocked the road near enough," Mr
A St John Ambulance spokesman said one man was taken to
hospital on status three condition.
Gibbston Highway was closed for about 35 minutes.
- Lucy Bennett of APNZ