Police And Fire Heading To Mt Hutt (18.06.09)

Postby DD-Rick on Fri 19/Jun/09 8:33am

As we were leaving yesterday (3pm, thursday 18.06.09) we had just reached the sealed part of the access road when a police 4x4 and 2 fire engines past us with lights and sirens. Does anyone have any idea what was happening. A trawl of the net this morning has produced no info!
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Re: Police And Fire Heading To Mt Hutt (18.06.09)

Postby Trail on Fri 19/Jun/09 8:46am

They were running out of snow and so were taking the fire tankers up to spray the hoses in the air and create more snow??
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Re: Police And Fire Heading To Mt Hutt (18.06.09)

Postby grahamt on Fri 19/Jun/09 9:25am

'Hell ride' down Mt Hutt access road
Two people had a narrow escape after their car plunged 200 metres off the Mt Hutt access road yesterday. But luck was on their side. Not only was the female driver able to climb back up the road to raise the alarm, but those who came to her rescue had taken part in a training exercise involving a car off the access road just six days prior. Methven police senior constable Mike Seque said it was fortunate emergency services had not found themselves dealing with something much more serious after the crash, which occurred at about 3.30pm. “It could easily have been a fatal,” Mr Seque said. There were no witnesses to the crash, but it was believed the couple from Christchurch, aged around 40, was returning from a day skiing when its vehicle went off the road’s edge after rounding a moderate bend about 3km from the ski area’s car park. They ended up about 200m down the mountain’s side; their car a write off but both occupants alive. The Toyota Harrier 4x4 vehicle was being driven by the woman at the time of the crash and it’s four-wheel-drive was engaged on an icy and snowy road, Mr Seque said. The woman’s injuries were limited and she was able to make her way back up to the road, but the man sustained lacerations to his face and had a leg injury. Mt Hutt’s ski patrol including a registered nurse and doctor were quickly on the scene and a textbook rescue was soon set up involving using a basket and ropes to pull the injured man up to the road. Mr Seque said the ski patrol team did a wonderful job, the man was stabilised and ready to be lifted up the mountain by the time he arrived along with members of the Methven Volunteer Fire Brigade. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene and the man was airlifted to Christchurch Hospital. Mr Seque said it was possible that not driving cautiously enough in the conditions played a part in the crash. “It’s treacherous conditions but if you take your time you’re right,” Mr Seque said. “She’s come around a moderate bend and found herself sliding. It was a bit of a hell ride really.”
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Re: Police And Fire Heading To Mt Hutt (18.06.09)

Postby Tama on Fri 19/Jun/09 9:29am

When we were driving down on Monday we passed a salvage truck with a thoroughly wrecked Hippy Hiace on the back. We also saw a number of people driving in what could be described as an "over confident" way so it did make me wonder how many cars leave the road.
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Re: Police And Fire Heading To Mt Hutt (18.06.09)

Postby grahamt on Fri 19/Jun/09 9:37am

Once witnessed a VW Beetle literally fly off the access road in high winds. Occupants stopped at the chain fitting area half way up, got out, left doors open - wind picked up car and dropped it off the edge!! :o
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Re: Police And Fire Heading To Mt Hutt (18.06.09)

Postby DD-Rick on Fri 19/Jun/09 10:46am

Thanks Graham. Where was that article?
Although we have a 4x4, I still put the chains on yesterday for the descent.
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Re: Police And Fire Heading To Mt Hutt (18.06.09)

Postby grahamt on Fri 19/Jun/09 10:47am

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