Man unharmed after stream crash

Last updated 17:19 27/01/2014
LUCKY ESCAPE: A man defied death by escaping from a wreck in the Wharemaku stream in Raumati following a crash last night.

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A Kapiti man whose car flipped through a metal barrier and landed upside down underwater in a stream four metres down a bank has walked away unharmed.

Paraparaumu Fire Brigade station officer Jason Brinck responded to the crash in Raumati yesterday about 8:30pm, near the corner of Matatua and Garden Rds.

He said he's astounded the man escaped unharmed.

''He's gone round the corner and crashed through the barrier and it's probably a four to five metre drop, and he ended up upside down, and he would have been underwater but he pulled himself out.''

The 20-year-old Kapiti man was assessed by Wellington Free Ambulance staff at the scene.

''I don't know how he got out because it was just a sheer drop, he needs to buy a lotto ticket,'' Mr Brinck said.

Kapiti Senior Sergeant Anita Dixon said the man is likely to face a charge of careless driving, and police believe speed was a factor in the crash.

''He's lost control, crossed the centre line and mounted the curb, nothing suggests alcohol was involved.''

Mr Brinck said Paraparaumu's volunteer firefighters attended the crash soon after they helped secure roofs several blocks away following a mini-tornado earlier in the evening.

''It was a busy day,'' he said.

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