Lucky escape for man suspended by seatbelt in Merimbula accident

A 62-year-old man had a lucky escape when his Holden Colorado rolled on Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula leaving him suspended in his seatbelt, upside down.

Police said that the single vehicle accident occurred between 3-4pm on Wednesday, February 19. The man was travelling north west along Sapphire Coast Drive, Merimbula when about 200 metres past the Old Tathra Road the vehicle crossed onto the oncoming lane, collided with the embankment and the car flipped, landing on its roof.

Police said that the driver was suspended by his seatbelt upside down until paramedics came and freed him. The driver did not require treatment.

Nicole Cooper of the Merimbula Rural Fire Service said: “We received a fire call at about 3.30pm on Wednesday, February 19 indicating that a vehicle had overturned on Sapphire Coast Drive.”

Ms Cooper said that although there were fears that a person may have been trapped in the vehicle fortunately this turned out to not be the case.

Despite this the RFS team was required to stay and assist after the town brigade was called away to deal with a flooding incident at Saltwater Dream in Market Street, Merimbula following heavy rain that afternoon.

The RFS ensured that the overturned vehicle did not present a fire hazard and also cleared away oil and debris on the road so that oil spills did not go into drains and end up in the local waterways, Ms Cooper said.

Traffic was reduced to one lane and at times was held up in both directions, which later in the afternoon inconvenienced workers trying to get home after their day’s work.

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