Car rolls into ditch

Four people escaped unscathed from a car crash that ended up with their car upside down in a watery ditch.

The crash, on Oroua and Lockwood roads, happened at 12.26am on Sunday.

Senior fire station officer Graeme Mills, of Palmerston North, said one of the occupants managed to open a door and get everyone out before the car filled with water.

Feilding Detective David Burmeister said the car began to aqua-plane in the wet weather, causing it to lose traction on the road.

The brakes failed and the car careered into a deep ditch, before rolling on its roof, he said.

The four people in the car were unharmed, and the driver, who was under 20, was charged with drink-driving.

Manawatu Standard