Driver cut from car
Quake shakes rescue
Wanaka emergency services worked through a magnitude 5.8 earthquake on Monday afternoon to free a man trapped in his van after an accident on State Highway 84, near the Cardrona River.
The earthquake occurred after the accident, as emergency services worked to cut the man from the vehicle.
Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said it appeared the man had lost control of his vehicle and trailer while coming down a hill in the direction of Wanaka, about 4 kilometres from town.
The people-mover-type wagon crossed the centre line into the opposite lane and then left the road. It went through a dip and rolled onto its side, coming to rest on awide grass verge near the entrance to a small vineyard.
No other vehicle was involved. The trailer was loaded with construction timber. The trailer turned over but the timber remained strapped on.
Grindell said the trailer ball came off the tow bar during the accident but it was lucky the safety chain was attached and held.
St John Ambulance and two Wanaka Volunteer Fire Brigade appliances attended.
It took firefighters about 20 minutes to free the man and he was transported by air ambulance.
The patient’s condition was not known yesterday afternoon.
Wanaka volunteer firefighters cut a vehicle open to free aman trapped inside.