Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Driver Makes Miraculous Escape as Torrent Rises

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Driver Makes Miraculous Escape as Torrent Rises

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Byline: Gen Kennedy gen.kennedy@thechronicle.com.au

AS HE hung on to a weed while a swollen branch of Flagstone Creek raged around him, Greg Hunter was certain his number was up.

The Lilydale man had a close brush with death when his car was swept from a spillway as he headed off on an early morning trip to pick up newspapers from Withcott.

Mr Hunter said he knew the area well, but was surprised by the torrent he saw going over Flagstone Creek Rd after heavy rain.

He braked hard, but his Mitsubishi Lancer sunk into the creek, and he began trying to free himself from the car.

"I slid out that way, and went underwater, and the rest is an underwater ride," he said.

"All I can remember after that is going a long way underwater and coming up and gasping for air, and I could see the tail lights of this car bouncing, sinking underwater.

"I thought it was goodnight Irene, I thought I was gone.

"I grabbed a[degrees] one of those big weeds, and grabbed it and hung on. …

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