28 Jan 2014

Lucky escape after tumble down cliff

8:08 pm on 28 January 2014

A Queenstown man has described escaping major injury after his vehicle tumbled 40 metres off a cliff and into the Kawarau River.

The incident happened on Monday when Adam Dear was heading back to his work yard. He says a trailer he was towing pushed the back end of his ute out and it ended up rolling over a barrier.

Mr Dear ended in the river upside down but after about 20 seconds managed to escape through a window. He says the trailer broke off and stayed on the road.

Mr Dear has stitches in a knee and hands, plus a few bruises.