A FEMALE driver in her mid-30s was lucky to escape serious injury when her car hit an embankment and flipped onto its roof on Nepean Hwy, near Mt Eliza Way, on Thursday night.
The Mornington woman, in a Kia Rio sedan, was trapped upside down for about 10 minutes and appeared to be in a state of shock.
Leading Senior Constable Ron Trainer, of Mornington police, and an off-duty officer from Frankston, arrived soon after and climbed into the car to unhook the woman’s seatbelt. She was taken to Frankston hospital by ambulance but discharged herself on Friday morning.
“A tree branch went through the car’s side window but, if it had gone through the windscreen, the outcome may have been much worse,” Leading Senior Constable Trainer said.
“We are trying to determine the circumstances of the accident. She appears to have lost control before running into the embankment and rolling over; the car’s speed is also being looked at.”
He said people at the crash scene when he arrived appeared reluctant to approach the badly damaged car “possibly fearing the worst”. He described the roads as wet.
Frankston SES, CFA and ambulance crews also attended the crash at 10.15pm and the road was closed north bound for more than an hour.
Leading Senior Constable Trainer wants witnesses to the accident to contact him at Mornington police on 5970 4900.