Driver cut from car

Quake shakes res­cue

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

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.

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