Driver survives 100m fall off bank

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 13:28 10/12/2012

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A man is "very lucky to be alive" after his van rolled 100 metres down a steep bank in the Christchurch suburb of Sumner.

The man, in his 40s, was driving along Evans Pass Rd, near the Summit Rd intersection, about 8.40pm yesterday when his van went over a bank, coming to a stop about 100m below.

He has been treated for back and pelvic injuries and discharged from hospital.

A St John spokesman said the man was ''very lucky to be alive''.

"His van had rolled several times and landed at the bottom of the gully. Not many people walk away from an accident like that and are discharged so quickly," he said.

"The scene looked pretty bad when we got there. We were treating it as serious. He is very lucky indeed."

Firefighters, police and the Westpac rescue helicopter, with St John intensive-care paramedics onboard, were called to the scene.

The man was flown to Christchurch Hospital.

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