Driver survives river plunge

DRIVER OK: The Gisborne man behind the wheel of this four-wheel-drive vehicle had a lucky escape from serious injury yesterday morning when it went off the side of the Tahaenui Bridge on SH2 5ks south of Nuhaka. Police said the driver suffered cuts and bruises but was otherwise all right. Picture supplied

A GISBORNE man had what police described as a “remarkably lucky” escape from serious injury or worse yesterday when the four-wheel-drive vehicle he was driving plunged off a bridge on SH 2 near Nuhaka.

Police, St John ambulance from Wairoa and the Nuhaka volunteer fire brigade were sent to the crash at the Tahaenui Bridge at Whakaki, 5km south of Nuhaka at about 10am.

“He came on to the bridge, clipped the side of it and lost control,” said Nuhaka police officer Craig Henneker.

“The vehicle crossed the bridge, went over the railing and plunged 6 to 10 metres into the river.”

The man got out of the vehicle and walked up on to the road to flag down a passerby for help.

“It was fortunate he was wearing his seat belt,” Constable Henneker said.

“He was remarkably lucky not to suffer serious injuries and that was thanks to the seatbelt. It just goes to prove how valuable they are.”

The man, aged in his 60s, suffered cuts and bruising but no serious injury.

“He was taken to Wairoa Hospital by ambulance for a check-up.”

Traffic on the highway was not disrupted by the crash.

A GISBORNE man had what police described as a “remarkably lucky” escape from serious injury or worse yesterday when the four-wheel-drive vehicle he was driving plunged off a bridge on SH 2 near Nuhaka.

Police, St John ambulance from Wairoa and the Nuhaka volunteer fire brigade were sent to the crash at the Tahaenui Bridge at Whakaki, 5km south of Nuhaka at about 10am.

“He came on to the bridge, clipped the side of it and lost control,” said Nuhaka police officer Craig Henneker.

“The vehicle crossed the bridge, went over the railing and plunged 6 to 10 metres into the river.”

The man got out of the vehicle and walked up on to the road to flag down a passerby for help.

“It was fortunate he was wearing his seat belt,” Constable Henneker said.

“He was remarkably lucky not to suffer serious injuries and that was thanks to the seatbelt. It just goes to prove how valuable they are.”

The man, aged in his 60s, suffered cuts and bruising but no serious injury.

“He was taken to Wairoa Hospital by ambulance for a check-up.”

Traffic on the highway was not disrupted by the crash.

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