Man dies in freak accident
A MAN was killed in a four-wheel drive ‘freak accident’ in the Buckland Valley last Tuesday night.
The 36 year-old man from the NSW suburb of Mt Annan was returning from Mt Selwyn along Selwyn Creek Road when the tragedy occurred at about 9.30pm on August 21.
A fallen tree overhanging the road went through the man’s front windscreen and pinned him in the vehicle.
Police, SES, CFA and paramedics all attended but Leading Senior Constable Scott Baldock of Bright police said the man died at the scene.
“It was a complete freak accident,” he said.
“He’s come around a slight left-hand bend and the tree has gone straight through the windscreen.
“It was only about 10cm in diameter but had fallen and was protruding off the embankment into the middle of the road...he wouldn’t have even seen it.
“He’s lost consciousness and the vehicle has then slid off the edge before it got caught in some trees about 5-10 metres down the hill.”
The man was with his 32 year-old brother who was traveling behind in his own vehicle.
Ldg Snr Const Baldock said Wednesday, August 29, 2018, Page 5 both men had plenty of experience four-wheel driving and had driven in the snow before.
“They were as prepared as anyone I’ve seen and had both done a lot of four-wheel driving in the last two years,” he said.
“The brother was trailing and witnessed the whole thing and was pretty distraught as you could imagine.
“There was about 10cm of snow on the track but there was no indication the man was doing anything wrong.
“The snow certainly didn’t contribute to the accident and they had been driving in about 50cm to a metre of snow earlier.”
Ldg Snr Const Baldock said the brothers were heading back to the Buckland Valley where they were set to spend the night.