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Miracle escape from car wreck

The driver of this overturned sedan walked away from a frightening crash, west of Coramba yesterday.
The driver of this overturned sedan walked away from a frightening crash, west of Coramba yesterday. Bruce Thomas

RESCUERS say a woman was unbelievably lucky to walk away from a terrifying crash in which her car ended up 10-metres down an embankment on its roof, near Lowanna.

The 55-year-old local was pulled out of the wreck by a passing motorist and incredibly, suffered only minor injuries.

A witness told police he lost sight of the Holden after it skidded off the roadway on the Eastern Dorrigo Way, on a winding bend, eight kilometres west of Coramba at 8.45am yesterday.

The car careered over an incline, became airborne and rolled onto its roof.

Upside-down and on the slide, the Commodore ended up in a precarious position on the side of the hill, among thick rainforest vegetation.

Police said a man at the scene helped the woman out of the overturned car.

She was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for observation as a precaution, NSW Ambulance paramedics said.

The woman’s husband arrived on scene a short time later and watched on in disbelief as the salvage operation pulled the vehicle up the muddied hillside.

Police said the woman was extremely lucky.

“This accident happened in wet conditions near a bend on the steep mountain road,” a police spokesman said.

“It’s just fortunate the driver was not seriously injured.

“This accident serves as a reminder for motorists to drive to the conditions especially on winding roads in the wet.”

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