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Freak accident flips caravan

Friday, 23rd August, 2013

The scene of a crash on the Menindee Road yesterday where a couple were lucky to escape injury. The scene of a crash on the Menindee Road yesterday where a couple were lucky to escape injury.

By Kurtis J Eichler

A Melbourne couple are lucky to be alive after a freak accident flipped their caravan on the Menindee Road yesterday.

Police and firefighters rushed to Red Hill - 12 kilometres south of Broken Hill - about noon after reports of a crash.

The Toyota was travelling towards Menindee when a gust of wind hit the caravan it was towing, flipping it and smashing it onto the road.

Firefighters worked to take the Pioneer caravan off the road as a tow truck came to collect the debris.

Police restricted access to one lane through the scene of the accident that meant grey nomads Barbara and Bob Kuchel had to cut short a holiday to Ivanhoe and their trip to the small town of Hillston.

“I am very grateful for the coupling on the caravan which flipped the van over and left the car intact,” said Mrs Kuchel, standing on the side of the road.

The couple were unharmed but their caravan “isn’t at all safe and sound,” said Mrs Kuchel.

“But it’s only stuff.”

Detective Inspector Stoltenberg said yesterday’s events should be a warning to everyone towing caravans to remain alert.

“From what I’ve always seen, the months of September/October are our high wind months,” DI Stoltenberg said.

“There are plenty of caravans around our area at the moment so it’s just a reminder for everyone to take it easy and drive safe.”

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