Oblivious drivers pass trapped woman


A Chinese woman was lucky not to have lost her legs after being pinned by her car on the Queenstown-Glenorchy Road at Bennetts Bluff on Saturday.

Traffic was backed up in both directions for about half an hour as emergency services worked to free the 37-year-old and move the vehicle after the incident was reported about 5.30pm.

Queenstown Fire volunteer senior fire officer Dave Christie says the woman got out of her car to take a photo and the vehicle rolled backwards.

The woman ‘‘dived’’ back into the car to pull the handbrake on, but was pinned by her legs between the guard rail and the vehicle.

‘‘It was about 30 minutes before anybody realised. 

‘‘She was very lucky not to lose her legs.

‘‘It could have happened to anyone.’’

The woman was taken to Lakes District Hospital by ambulance.

St John Central Lakes Territory manager Kelvin Perriman says she was treated and discharged, having sustained only minor injuries to her lower legs.

Otago Daily Times