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Lucky escape for driver… and rabbit

By Hayley Gastmeier

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Swerving to miss a rabbit could have cost a woman her life.

A woman, believed to be from Featherston, was “lucky” to walk away from a crash that left her car trapped underneath a power pole.

The incident happened yesterday on Para Rd in Carterton, just before 2.30pm.

“A lady has swerved to miss a rabbit and has gone sideways into a concrete power pole and snapped it off at ground level,” Carterton Fire Chief Wayne Robinson said.

Carterton and Greytown volunteer fire brigades attended the crash, as did police and ambulance.

Powerco were also called to the scene to deal with the downed power lines.

Mr Robinson said it was clear the woman was not seriously injured, but she was made to stay inside the vehicle.

“Because the power line was down across her car she stayed inside the car, it wasn’t safe to get out.

“Once the power was isolated we got her out of the vehicle.

“She had to climb out through the back hatch – it was the only way out – and then she was checked over by ambulance and taken home.

“She was fine and wasn’t transported to hospital.”

Mr Robinson said the woman was “very, very lucky”, walking away with just a sore shoulder.

“The vehicle looked worse off than what she was,” he said.

Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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