Loose manhole cover 'causes heart attack'

01:06, Feb 06 2013
GOING NOWHERE: Bianna Cui's car spun and was damaged after hitting a manhole cover.

Karori resident Bianna Cui thought she was having another heart attack when she hit a dislodged Wellington City Council waterworks manhole cover in a Karori Street during the height of last night's rainstorm.

The uninsured Miss Cui, 62, had no idea she had hit the dislodged manhole cover as she drove her  1992 Toyota Corolla to her Percy Dyatt  Drive home in Karori about 8.15pm.

"When the car spun I thought I was having another heart attack. I almost died when I had a heart attack in 2006. After last night I am feeling lucky to be alive."

SHAKEN: Bianna Cui

She was stunned when her right rear wheel struck the dislodged heavy manhole cover on the road and sent her car into a spin.

"I hit the brakes and the car came to rest on a grass verge. I had no idea what had happened. I did not see the cover on the road because of the rain.

"I began crying because I did not know what had happened. Then a lady from a nearby house pointed out the (manhole) cover on the road," Miss Cui said.


Her vehicle suffered damage to its rear axle.

Council spokesman Richard MacLean said Miss Cui should contact the council to see whether it might be possible for her to make a claim for repairs.

Contact Tim Donoghue
General reporter
Email: tim.donoghue@dompost.co.nz

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