Death-defying crash

Newham farmer and CFA member Phillip Beattie uses his large tractor to move the wrecked vehicle and tow it through a paddock to a waiting tow truck, escorted by a Romsey Fire Brigade tanker in case there was an outbreak of fire. Photo: Bill West

Newham farmer and CFA member Phillip Beattie uses his large tractor to move the wrecked vehicle and tow it through a paddock to a waiting tow truck, escorted by a Romsey Fire Brigade tanker in case there was an outbreak of fire. Photo: Bill West

A Romsey woman and four young children endured a terrifying experience when the vehicle they were travelling in ran off a busy road, became airborne and careered nearly 100 metres before finishing up battered on its side in a dry grassed paddock last Thursday.

Passing motorists who initially rushed into the paddock to help those in the wrecked silver Toyota Kluger SUV could have been excused for fearing the worst.

It is understood those in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts.

The vehicle was travelling towards Lancefield and ran off the Rochford Road about five kilometres from the township mid-afternoon, a short distance to the east of the Otts/Cullys Roads intersection.

There was a large turnout of emergency services - police, ambulances, SES and fire brigades emergency - with the injured being treated beside the roadside initially.

One child was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital, and there was a collective sigh of relief when a paramedic indicated all those involved should be okay.

The road was closed for a considerable time, with traffic to and from Lancefield diverted via Cullys Road.

Romsey police said it appeared there was only one vehicle involved, and investigations were continuing into the cause of the crash.