Woman es­capes se­ri­ous in­jury in pole col­li­sion

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

A YOUNG woman was lucky to es­cape the ute she was driv­ing with­out se­ri­ous in­jury af­ter she mounted a na­ture strip and ploughed into a light pole.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble First Class Chris Cas­tle of Dar­win City Po­lice sta­tion said the white util­ity was trav­el­ling in­bound on the Stu­art High­way, past Ny­lan­der at Stu­art Park, when the 26-year-old fe­male driver ap­peared to have lost con­trol.

“(The ute) has gone up the na­ture strip and col­lided with the (light) pole, which has also col­lapsed on the car,” he said.

Fire and am­bu­lance crews at­tended the scene of the ac­ci­dent, which hap­pened about 9am Satur­day morn­ing.

“She was up and about (af­ter the ac­ci­dent) but has been con­veyed to Royal Dar­win Hospi­tal for fur­ther ob­ser­va­tion,” he said.

“She was very lucky in this cir­cum­stance, es­pe­cially with a live power pole here, live wires, and the ac­tual im­pact it­self.

“It ap­pears the airbags de­ployed and our driver was wear­ing a seat belt which is a good thing.”

Sen-Con­sta­ble Cas­tle thanked mem­bers of the pub­lic who stopped to help the woman.

Less than an hour af­ter the in­ci­dent, a man trav­el­ling past was too busy look­ing at the scene and rear ended a fel­low motorist.

Pic­ture: PATRINA MALONE

A young fe­male driver lost con­trol of a ute on the Stu­art Hwy near the bend op­po­site The Av­enue and crashed into a light pole

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