Poor direc­tions could have proved dis­as­trous

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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