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Car rolls after crossing gravel road

A woman was treated at the scene after a car crashed on Ponatahi Rd outside Martinborough on Saturday afternoon.

The car crossed the road, rolling onto its side, preventing the sole occupant from getting out. The vehicle landed in vegetation, resting on the driver’s door.

Two trucks from Fire and Emergency attended, together with an ambulance and Police.

The firefighters stabilised the car, allowing the driver to climb out the back door. She was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The incident happened shortly after 3pm, just after John’s Way after the Ponatahi bridge. Martinborough deputy fire chief Lisa-Marie Ireland was there, with about 15 firefighters.

“The car was on its side on the grass on the opposite side of the road she had been travelling. After we stabilised the car, she was able to get out, “ Ireland said.

A police spokesperson confirmed the road was blocked off while the scene was cleared but was reopened shortly after.

The road where the crash happened suffered a slip in severe weather last year and has not been fully repaired. It is currently covered in gravel with a 30 km an-hour speed limit.

Ireland was unsure what caused the accident. She said firefighters had noted drivers travelling over the slip at speed, although they did not know if speed was an issue in the crash.

“People are at risk of crashing if they speed in that area,” she said.

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