15kmh roll re­ported as ‘car catas­tro­phe’

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - DASHA KUPRIENKO

In New Zealand it was a joke - an SUV rolling at 15kmh. In Rus­sia, it be­came the ‘‘car catas­tro­phe’’.

A Ukrainian film crew who were in a car that flipped at low speed in Queen­stown last week have de­scribed it as a ’’ter­ri­ble car crash’’.

The jour­nal­ist and crew were film­ing an episode of Orel i Reshka, a light-hearted travel pro­gramme, at the time of the crash.

A video from in­side the rental car after it rolled out­side Queen­stown Pri­mary School had been viewed more than 220,000 times on the pro­gramme’s of­fi­cial In­sta­gram ac­count.

Po­lice and the driver at the scene said it ap­peared the car rolled while trav­el­ling about 15kmh after the driver moved too far to the left when he saw an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle cor­rectly driv­ing in the right-hand lane.

The driver said he was not used to driv­ing on the left side.

Rus­sian and Ukrainian me­dia have re­played the video with their own in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to L!FE, the ’’car catas­tro­phe’’ was caused by an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle.

‘‘The ac­ci­dent hap­pened due to the fault of the on­com­ing car, which could not make a ma­noeu­vre on a nar­row road and came onto the dif­fer­ent lane. Try­ing to avoid a col­li­sion, the film crew’s car turned over,’’ L!FE re­ported.

24smi.org said its source re­ported the ‘‘se­ri­ous’’ crash was caused by a ve­hi­cle on the op­po­site lane sw­erv­ing into the film­ing crew’s car.

The video showed the pro­gramme’s pre­sen­ter, Lesia Nik­i­tuk, say­ing she bruised her nose in the crash.

St John spokesman Ian Hen­der­son said no in­juries needed to be treated by paramedics at the scene.

A spokes­woman for the pro­duc­tion com­pany be­hind the video, Aly­ona Pere­peliak, said the only cor­rect source was the com­pany’s web­site.

‘‘Other sug­ges­tions, fan­tasies and in­ter­pre­ta­tions are not true,’’ she said.

The crew had not faked the crash.

Se­nior Sergeant Glen Wilkin­son, of Queen­stown, said po­lice thought the crash was ‘‘quite un­usual’’.

‘‘The driver did ini­tially say that the car was com­ing to­wards him and he thought he’ll move a lit­tle bit to the left to give the car some space.

‘‘It was in the proper [right] lane, not his lane,’’ Wilkin­son said.

DASHA KUPRIENKO

A Ukrainian group film­ing a travel series rolled their ve­hi­cle out­side Queen­stown Pri­mary School on March 15.

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