Driver survives Lindis Pass rock collision

03:52, May 08 2014

Police have warned drivers to be wary of rockfalls after a woman escaped injury after hitting a boulder in the Lindis Pass, flipping her car down a bank.

Sergeant Simon Paget, of the Cromwell Police, said a 26-year-old woman from Rangiora was driving south on State Highway 8 about 4.45pm yesterday when she hit the rock which had come down in the recent rain.

"She lost control of her ute and has crossed the centre line and rolled her car down a bank into a tree," he said.

A driver ahead of the woman had managed to avoid the rock which was about the size of a small rubbish bin, he said.

"She was very lucky not to be injured," Paget said.

"However, police would like to remind drivers with the recent wet weather and with our gorges and highways having a tendency to experience rockfalls after rain - people need to exercise caution and drive to the conditions."

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