T-bone crash impaling evaded

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 20:52 28/06/2013

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A motorist has narrowly escaped being impaled by a sign after she was T-boned.

Jing Song was blindsided by a Mitsubishi Triton at the intersection of Byron and Gasson streets in Christchurch.

It happened so fast the 29-year-old did not even see what hit her.

"It came out from nowhere... I didn’t even get a chance to have a look at it... I heard this bang and then all of the glass was broken."

She was lucky to walk away with only a "bump" to her head.

Police said it could have been a "disaster".

The light truck ran her Subaru Outback off the road where it collided with a sign that punctured her windscreen, Senior Constable Graham Flynn said.

"It’s amazing she didn’t get impaled on the end of it. You could see where it went in and out. I don’t think she realised just how lucky she was."

She was also saved by the light truck hitting the centre of her vehicle, he said.

Flynn believed the magnitude of the crash did not sink in for Song as her mind was on making it to an exam, which she did.

"Lots of other people would have been upset. She was so focused on sitting this exam."

A pedestrian crossing the intersection was also fortunate not to be hit by the light truck, Flynn said.

He stepped onto a pedestrian island just in time, he said.

It is alleged the driver, who was aged in his 20s, overtook several vehicles on Byron St and drove straight through a stop sign before colliding with Song’s vehicle.

He initially failed to stop, but a witness managed to persuade him to pull over around the corner and return to the scene, Flynn said.

Police were considering what charges the man would face, and were appealing for any other witnesses - including the pedestrian and drivers of the vehicles overtaken - to come forward.

"He [the pedestrian] ran to the aid of the driver that was hit by the truck, but had left the scene by the time police arrived and we were not able to get contact details.’’

The incident occurred on June 14, about 2.30pm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Flynn on (03) 363 7400.

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