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Baby safe, but two injured in rollover

Monday, 19th April, 2010

* A man and a woman remain in the Broken Hill hospital after this twin cab Hilux rolled on the Silver * A man and a woman remain in the Broken Hill hospital after this twin cab Hilux rolled on the Silver

Two people are in hospital with head injuries after the vehicle they were travelling in rolled.

The accident happened at about 2pm yesterday after a white twin-cab Hilux travelling south on the Silver City Highway left the road and then rolled. Police said seatbelts probably saved the lives of the four ex-local occupants, including a five month old baby.

The male driver, whom police said was in his mid-thirties, and a female passenger, who was in the rear of the vehicle, remain in the Broken Hill hospital with head injuries, cuts and bruises. Police said the woman was trapped in the rear of the vehicle for some time but was eventually freed after Broken Hill State Emergency Service volunteers cut her from the wreck. A third person, a man, and the baby girl were lucky not to be injured.

They were also taken to the city’s hospital for observation but were released last night. Police said they were notified after the uninjured man called the ambulance which triggered emergency response units, including the fire brigade and the SES. Driving conditions were good when the accident occurred, about 85 kilometres south of Broken Hill, police said.

While investigations were continuing police did not believe alcohol or speed were factors in the accident. Police praised two passers by, a motorcyclist and the occupants of another vehicle, who stopped to help.

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