Lucky escape after car swept off crossing

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
The vehicle submerged in the Turner River.
Camera IconThe vehicle submerged in the Turner River.

Four people had a lucky escape after their vehicle ended up partly submerged in the Turner River about 56km south of South Hedland last week.

A police search and rescue mission started with SES Water Police about 8.30am on Friday to find the occupants after the vehicle was spotted submerged in the Turner River. It is believed the car had been washed away from Pippingarra crossing.

Police said about 10.30am on Friday, BHP Billiton staff advised an ore train had collected four men the night before after it was flagged down. Police were told the men were wet and in shock, stating their car had been washed off the crossing, forcing them to swim to safety.

South Hedland Senior Sergeant Dean Snashall said police were still investigating the whereabouts of the vehicle’s occupants to obtain more information about what occurred.

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