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Driver cut himself free of wreck

The driver of this Pajero was lucky to be alive yesterday after rolling into a ditch full of water. With just enough head space above water, he was able to grab a knife and cut himself free of his seatbelt.
The driver of this Pajero was lucky to be alive yesterday after rolling into a ditch full of water. With just enough head space above water, he was able to grab a knife and cut himself free of his seatbelt. Contributed

A DRIVER, who had just rolled his Mitsubishi Pajero, was able to stay calm enought to cut himself free from his seatbelt and save his life yesterday morning.

Emergency workers arrived to find the man miraculously outside of his vehicle sitting on an embankment with hardly a scratch.

Gympie Fire Fighter Rob Frey said the man was more than lucky to be alive, had non-life threatening injuries and did not require an ambulance.

But the crash could have been a tragedy as the man nearly drowned when the Pajero landed in a drainage ditch.

Reports suggest the man was travelling towards Gympie when he almost collided with a B-Double driving west along the Wide Bay Highway, about three kilometres from the Bruce Highway just after 7am.

It seems the B-Double swerved to miss an obstacle on the road, causing the Pajero’s driver to take evasive action.

That evasive action caused him to roll off the side of the road and down an embankment about 2.5 metres high.

He landed upside down in a drainage ditch full of water and was unable to remove his seatbelt.

With the car on its roof the driver was trapped; luckily just enough of the front seat remained above water and he was able to breathe.

Mr Frey said if the vehicle had landed flat in the ditch the man would have been fully submerged.

“Just a little deeper and he would have drowned,” Mr Frey said.

With the help of a truck driver, the man was able to grab hold of his lunch box and take out a knife to cut his seatbelt and free himself from the wreck.

Gympie police said the cause of the crash was still under investigation and have not released the age of the driver or where the driver lived, saying only that he was not a local.

Police said it took about two hours to clear the wreckage yesterday.

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