An unconscious man freed from a car as it dangled over a bank was "bloody lucky" to survive, his rescuers say.
The car carrying two men aged in their 20s had veered off a corner on Gills Road and crashed 20 metres down a bank at about 8pm this evening. It was stopped by a tree about seven metres clear of the ground and dangled there precariously with its seriously injured occupants still inside, North Shore Police shift commander Tony Miller said.
One of the car's occupants managed to scramble uphill to safety but his mate was left trapped in the wreckage, Miller said.
Six police cars, two fire engines and lighting equipment blocked off the country road in the heart of Albany for two hours while firefighters worked delicately to free the man.
One had to clamber down the bank and secure the car to the tree to prevent it crashing to the undergrowth with the unconscious man still inside, Albany Fire Station officer Athol Conway said.
The occupant was then winched unconscious to safety, in a rescue basket attached to a tow truck.
"They were bloody lucky. If you had seen the state of that car , yeah - they were lucky they got out alive. It’s quite incredible actually that one of them managed to get out and climb up the bank," Conway said.
The Waitemata Serious Crash Unit would be investigating the cause of the incident and it was too early to say whether alcohol or speed was a factor, Miller said.
The two men have been taken to Auckland City Hospital, one was in a serious condition and the other with moderate injuries.
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