Police say fatigued driver lucky crash was witnessed by following driver
February 22, 2013, 3:10 pm
22 February 2013
Warning the public of the risks of driving while fatigued, Hamilton Police say a man was extremely lucky a witness saw his utility fly across a paddock and crash into a creek on the City's outskirts this morning.
Sergeant Phil Ruddell of the Hamilton Strategic Traffic Unit said emergency services were called to the settlement of Temple View at about 6.30am after a motorist saw the vehicle in front of them come to a spectacular stop.
"The utility the motorist was following suddenly left the road, crashed through a fence before travelling over 300m across a paddock and crashing through another fence before coming to rest in a drain.
"Given the slope and the fact the utility came to rest in the drain below the paddock, had the witness not seen the crash it is likely the injured 28-year-old driver would have remain unseen and unaccounted for, for several hours."
Mr Ruddell said fire-fighters used cutting equipment to free the man from the ca