An elderly woman was trapped in a car for five hours as it filled with icy-cold water after she crashed down a steep bank into a creek in Central Otago..
The woman, who crashed down a bank on State Highway 85 on Saturday, managed to call 111 moments before her phone died.
She did not know where she was and phone signals suggested she could have been between Palmerston and Omakau, a police spokesperson said on Facebook.
Fire crews and police found the woman in the car near the Wedderburn Tavern at 9.30pm.
The woman had a badly broken arm and was given pain relief by first responders before being extracted and carried up an extremely steep slope to the rescue helicopter and taken to Dunedin Hospital.
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Work to stabilise a massive rocky slip threatening a busy state highway near Cromwell is causing traffic delays.
Two helicopters are sluicing the unstable face, dumping water from Lake Dunstan onto the hillside.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency maintenance contract manager Mark Stewart said work started on the rockface – on State Highway 8 at Deadmans Point, near the SH8B intersection – at 9.30am on Wednesday and would continue all day.
“This sluicing work will continue for the next few days at least until we are sure the hillside is again stable. The highway is likely to remain at single lane while this work is under way.”