Lucky es­cape from crash

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Ivy Jensen

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.

Photo: Ivy Jensen

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.

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