Lucky escape for machine driver

21:48, Jun 16 2014

The operator of a heavy machine had a lucky escape in the dark after it became stuck in mud that quickly became like quicksand on a property in the Lud Valley.

The Nelson and Hira fire services were called to help rescue the driver, who had managed to get out of the vehicle by the time they arrived.

Nelson fire service station officer Darren Shackleton said the call came about 6.30pm on Saturday that a man operating a 20-tonne machine had become stuck at the base of the valley.

Shackleton said it was a "fair hike" to reach the site, but once emergency services had arrived the man was already out. He understood the man had managed to make a cellphone call for help from the cab of the vehicle. Fairfax NZ


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