Car plunges 30m down a bank
'The car was pretty well munted'BLAIR ENSOR
Mid Canterbury Selwyn
A woman who plunged 30 metres down a bank in her car may owe her life to another motorist who saw the crash and called for help.
Firefighters were called to the crash on State Highway 73 about 10 kilometres west of Springfield about 8.45am today.
When they arrived they found the young woman trapped in her badly damaged car, which had rolled down a steep bank and smashed head-on into a tree.
She had to be cut from the car and winched to safety before being flown to hospital with a cut to the head and minor leg injuries.
Springfield Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Grant Williams said it appeared the woman failed to negotiate a sharp bend and plunged about 30m down a bank. He was surprised she ''wasn't knocked around too bad''.
''The car was pretty well munted,'' Williams said.
''She was very lucky someone saw the car go over the bank other wise she might not have been found for a while.''
- The Press