'Lucky' couple have close call

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Last updated 05:00 16/05/2012

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An elderly couple "should buy a Lotto ticket" after they narrowly avoided being crushed by a logging truck in Wairarapa, a witness to the accident says.

The pair were driving to Masterton for a doctor's appointment yesterday afternoon when the truck flipped, slid sideways down a damp road towards them and then rolled on to its roof, local farmer Ric Ashby said last night.

The couple's car was clipped by the Burling Transport truck, but they emerged unscathed, Mr Ashby said.

"I think anyone going in the opposite direction was lucky to survive it. They didn't have many places to go. How they missed it, who knows? They should buy a Lotto ticket."

Sergeant Chris Megaw said the truck was taking gum logs from Whakataki to a firewood merchant in Martinborough when it crashed in Ponatahi Rd, Ponatahi, about 1.15pm.

The 63-year-old Masterton driver lost control on a steep, curved section of road and crossed the centre line, Mr Megaw said. He was in a serious, but stable condition in hospital last night.

A fire service spokesman said he was "conscious and breathing" when emergency services arrived, and there were "logs everywhere".

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