15kmh roll reported as ‘car catastrophe’
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.
A Ukrainian group filming a travel series rolled their vehicle outside Queenstown Primary School on March 15.