45-year-old Australian survives three days trapped in wreck

Deborah McKnight, 45, was trapped in her car at the bottom of a hill on the Tumut-Adelong road in southern NSW with no food or drink for three long days. McKnight was found on Wednesday night by 17-year-old Caleb Wilks.

When Wilks saw the wrecked car, he rushed to help Ms McKnight and called 000.

“She couldn’t move, so she didn’t have anything,” Caleb’s mother, Gabriel Wilks, said. “All we can think of she was just lucky the weather was not extreme.

“She didn’t have any water, but she was near a gully and there was humidity around her … As far as we know, she was just a very strong person.”

According to the police, Ms McKnight lost control of her vehicle when she took a sharp turn to miss a kangaroo on a bend of a snaky road in the undulating foothills of the Snowy Mountains around 3pm on Christmas Day.

Tumut’s mayor John Larter said: “I think that was just probably more good fortune than anything that she didn’t have any other obvious significant injury.”

Doctors at Canberra Hospital say Ms McKnight is recovering in a stable condition.

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