Family escapes after rental van rolls 40m

By Christina McDonald

Fire crews used a rescue basket to haul an injured family member up to the road. Photo / Otago Daily Times
Fire crews used a rescue basket to haul an injured family member up to the road. Photo / Otago Daily Times

A family from Hong Kong was lucky their rental van did not roll further than 40m down a gully after it came off the Remarkables access road and rolled several times, ripping a door off.

After the 5pm accident yesterday the family of four was taken to Lakes District Hospital, the daughter with a suspected broken ankle and the rest of the family apparently uninjured.

Fire crews used a rescue basket to haul an injured family member up to the road.

Sergeant Keith Newell of Queenstown police said the family was driving a rental vehicle and it appeared the driver had lost control of the van while driving down from the Remarkables skifield after their first day skiing.

"They've come round a tight left-hand corner on a gravel road and lost control of the car. It's gone off the road and rolled several times 40m down a bank," Mr Newell said.

He said the family was "very, very lucky".

Grant Bewley, senior station officer of the Frankton Volunteer Fire Brigade, said a door on the van had been ripped off during impact and the family were lucky not to have been thrown from the vehicle.

"It's come to rest in a small gully and if that gully wasn't there they would have continued another 50-60m," Mr Bewley said.

- Otago Daily Times

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