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L-Plater’s miraculous escape

Friday, 8th April, 2011

WRITE-OFF: Police are amazed the two occupants of this car were not seriously injured in an accident on the Wentworth Road. WRITE-OFF: Police are amazed the two occupants of this car were not seriously injured in an accident on the Wentworth Road.

By John Casey

A 17-year-old learner driver and his passenger have miraculously escaped serious injury after a spectacular accident on the Wentworth Road.

Police are astounded that the pair walked away virtually unscathed from their wrecked vehicle after it flipped numerous times and eventually came to rest on its roof about 80 kilometres south of Broken Hill.

While relatively uninjured, the teenage driver will suffer financial pain after he was issued with infringement notices totalling hundreds of dollars following the crash.

"The 17-year-old learner driver and his passenger, who we believe is a relative, have had a very lucky escape," BH Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg said.

"The car is a writeoff and considering the damage it is hard to believe the pair was not more seriously hurt."

D.I. Stoltenberg said the Mildura duo was travelling south along the Wentworth Road at around 5.15am on Wednesday when the driver drifted off the bitumen on to the soft shoulder and couldn't correct the vehicle. 

"The passenger has then reached over to grab the steering wheel and the car subsequently skidded back across the road before contacting a table drainand flipping a number of times," D.I. Stoltenberg said.

"The car came to rest on its roof and a passing truck driver has stopped to assist the occupants before calling police.

"Emergency services attended the scene, but neither person needed to be taken to hospital," he continued.

D.I. Stoltenberg said the car had been travelling at around 110km/h when the accident occurred and that alcohol was not a factor as the driver returned a negative result to a breath test.

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