Ricky chain­saws his way to free­dom

South Canterbury Herald - - MOTORING - ME­GAN SUTHER­LAND

A Ti­maru man has taken mat­ters into his own hands to cut him­self out af­ter a tree block­ing his drive­way left him ‘‘stuck’’ in his home.

Ricky Hunter, 69, had no way out of his Bou­verie St prop­erty other than on foot, af­ter a tree fell down onto the drive­way dur­ing Fri­day’s wild weather.

The ‘‘mas­sive’’ gum tree, which stood on a neigh­bour­ing prop­erty. fell at about 11am on Fri­day, com­pletely block­ing his drive­way. In a bid for free­dom, he used a chain­saw to cut a hole big enough for his car to get through.

Hunter had been in con­tact with Hous­ing New Zealand, which owned the neigh­bour­ing prop­erty. He said a Hous­ing New Zealand staff mem­ber had got in touch with him af­ter he saw the photo of the tree in the me­dia.

The duo cut out a hole to get his car through on Satur­day, and by the end of the day on Mon­day the drive­way had been com­pletely cleared, Hunter said.

He said it took the pair nearly all day on Mon­day to clear the drive­way. ‘‘I’ve got heaps of wood now,’’ he said.

It was lucky the tree didn’t fall on the house or his car­a­van, which is usu­ally parked right in the spot where the tree fell.

‘‘I would have been bro­ken hearted, it’s an ex­pen­sive lit­tle beast.’’

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