Lucky escape from crash
TWO people were lucky to escape injury after a two-vehicle smash outside Echuca yesterday.
A Bamawm woman in her 50s was driving an SUV west on O’Dea Rd when it collided with a ute that was being driven by a 67-year-old Rochester man, who was travelling south on Echuca-Nanneella Rd about 8.30am.
The ute was sent flying through a fence into a paddock for several hundred meters.
The Bamawm woman said she gave way to the car in front but didn’t see the ute behind.
‘‘I just let go of the clutch and that was it,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m in shock, but I just feel sorry for the man because he’s a lot older than me.’’
The man was in obvious shock but suffered no physical injuries.
‘‘When I went into the paddock, I just couldn’t steer the car,’’ he said.
‘‘I was just trying to get back onto the road. It was just luck I didn’t hit the power pole.’’
The man said he was thanking his lucky stars and planned to buy a Tattslotto ticket.
A woman who was driving the car in front of the man saw the accident in her rear vision mirror.
‘‘It was a shock to see. I had visions of when I saw him go into the fence of the car rolling over and over. Thankfully it didn’t,’’ he said.
‘‘When I pulled up, I thought where do I go? So I called out to the woman and she said she’s okay and then I looked for the man and I couldn’t find the car because it was so far away.’’
CFA attended the clean up at the scene, while both cars had to be towed.
Police were not required because there were no injuries.
EARLY MORNING SCARE: A collision on the corner of O'Dea Rd and Echuca-Nanneella Rd saw two people walk away from badly damaged cars.