Close call

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - Pho­tos sub­mit­ted

A 28-year-old Hant’s Har­bour woman es­caped from this ve­hi­cle and climbed to safety af­ter her burnt or­ange Aveo plunged over a 110-foot em­bank­ment Satur­day, Feb. 13. The ac­ci­dent occurred shortly af­ter sup­per on the main (Lower Trin­ity South) high­way be­tween New Per­li­can and Win­ter­ton. The woman punched in more than two hours climb­ing up the em­bank­ment in an area known lo­cally as the Big Gush, be­fore reach­ing the main road on her own steam. Some of that time was spent sit­ting on the em­bank­ment cry­ing out for help - cries, which could not be heard be­cause of the re­mote­ness of the area. The nose of the ve­hi­cle was ac­tu­ally in the salt wa­ter when the woman es­caped, ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman for the town of New Per­li­can. Mem­bers of the New Per­li­can and Win­ter­ton Vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments were on the scene, and the Win­ter­ton am­bu­lance took the woman to the Carbonear Gen­eral, where she was treated for non-lifethreat­en­ing in­juries. The ve­hi­cle re­mained at the bot­tom of the cliff un­til mid­day Mon­day, Feb. 15, when a crane had to be brought in from Simms Garage in Carbonear to lift it onto a flatbed truck.

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