Lucky escape

Two Goobarragandra women freed themselves after their Tarago rolled into the Goobarragandra River.

Two women were lucky to escape unharmed after freeing themselves from a car that rolled into the Goobarragandra River on Wednesday morning.

The 18-year-old driver and her 22-year-old passenger were driving along the Goobarragandra Road, heading towards Tumut to work, at about 5.30am when the green Toyota Tarago they were travelling in lost traction on roadworks on the Goobarragandra Road.

The driver was unable to regain control and ran off the road, rolling down a rocky embankment created by the roadworks, into the icy river.

The vehicle was quickly caught by the current of the river and taken about 30 meters down-stream until it sank enough to catch on the river bed, leaving about 50cm of the top of the vehicle exposed.

The driver, from Goobarragandra, and her passenger, rom Cooranbong near Newcastle, were able to escape out the rear window of the vehicle which had broken when it rolled. Neither of them were injured however they were shaken by the incident.

They managed to scramble to the side of the river where they were assisted by a near-by camper who gave them a lift to their home a short distance away, where police were called.

Police later attended the scene to conduct their investigations which are continuing in relation to the cause of the accident.  The vehicle was recovered later in the day.