Poor directions could have proved disastrous
MISGUIDED directions from visitors and issues with phone services left a South Australian couple waiting about 90 minutes for emergency services after their car rolled near Caldwell on Boxing Day.
A woman was trapped inside the car while waiting for authorities to arrive, but was thankfully not seriously injured.
NSW Rural Fire Service Mid-Murray Zone district officer Phil Brunsdon said the initial Triple Zero call reported the rollover occurred closer to Moama than where the car was eventually found.
‘‘The initial call was at 3pm and said the car was on the Backroads Trail about 35 kilometres west of Moama,’’ he said.
‘‘Thankfully the guys (firefighters from Womboota and then eventually Caldwell) kept driving until they found the car.
‘‘The car ended up being between 60 and 70 kilometres from Moama, on the Perricoota Road near Tullakool Road.
‘‘The directions given over the phone were not quite accurate, and adding to the issue was the caller had to ring Triple Zero at least three times because the phone kept cutting out. It was a good effort from everyone to try and locate them.’’
The rolled car had come to a rest next to a tree and the driver — a 61 year-old woman from Port Mannum, SA — was still inside. A 72 year-old Port Mannum man was able to remove himself from the car and call for help.
Moama’s NSW Fire and Rescue assisted with the woman’s removal, by cutting the roof off the car.
Mr Brunsdon said by all reports, the woman was then able to ‘‘walk over to ambulance paramedics’’.
Murray River Police District Detective Inspector Jy Brown said the woman was taken to Echuca Hospital as a precaution, but was released soon after. He said Mathoura police are investigating the cause of the crash.
People are being urged to download the ‘Emergency+’ app, which was developed by emergency services and can provide mapping coordinates of your location.