Woman lucky to walk away from 30m plunge
A WOMAN driver was lucky to walk away with only a few scratches after her car left the road and ploughed 30 metres down an embankment at Eerwah Vale yesterday.
The 45-year-old woman managed to crawl back up to the Eumundi-Kenilworth Rd, where she flagged down passing police about 1pm.
An ambulance crew rushed to the scene but the woman, who was the only occupant of the Holden Barina, had suffered only minor injuries including cuts, bruises and neck pain.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the driver was taken to Gympie General Hospital as a precaution.
Clayton's Towing was called to the scene to retrieve the car, using a specialist tow truck with a long winch.
Senior Constable Adam Ticknerwas driving past the crash site when he spotted the woman sitting on the side of the road.
He said it was incredible she had managed to free herself from the vehicle, which was covered in tree branches after rolling several times down to the bottom of the embankment.
The car suffered a smashed windscreen and serious damage to its front end.
"If she had injured herself worse and she was unable to get out of the car, it could have been a while before anyone would see her down there," Snr Const Tickner said.
"She was very lucky."