Mum and children escape serious injury

CHE BAKER
Last updated 12:33 26/06/2012
Chatto Creek crash
JOHN EDENS/Fairfax NZ
BLACK DANGER: Emergency service representatives inspect the scene of a crash near Chatto Creek this morning. A woman and her two children were transported from the scene by ambulance to be treated for injuries, not believed to be life threatening.

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A woman trapped in her car after crashing with her two children this morning had to have her seatbelt cut with a knife to free her from the wreckage.

Sergeant Dave Greaves, of Alexandra, said the woman and her two children were travelling to Alexandra when the car hit black ice on a brigade culvert just before 9am near Chatto Creek, causing the woman to lose control of the vehicle.

The car slid on its side before landing on its roof in a drainage ditch.

A witness travelling behind the woman raised the alarm and members of the public who stopped at the scene cut the woman's seatbelt.

The woman and her children were taken from the scene by ambulance to be treated for their injuries.

Mr Greaves said it was believed the trio had escaped with no serious injuries and were conscious and talking when emergency services arrived at the scene.

"Fortunately it hasn't ended in tragedy,'' he said.

The crash was a stark remainder to take care on Central Otago roads in the mornings, he said.

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