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BREAKING: Mother and daughter trapped in car in Orange after driving into floodwaters

October 31, 2022

The bridge crossing Blackmans Swamp Creek. Google Street View.

By Peter Holmes

A mother and daughter became trapped in a small car in Orange on Monday night after driving into rising waters.

Fire and Rescue told The Orange News Examiner the car, a Hyundai, was being driven by the daughter, who was aged in her late teens or early 20s, at about 8pm.

The pair called 000 when they realised they had lost control of the car on the corner of Margaret and Jilba streets.

A bridge at the intersection of the two streets crosses Blackmans Swamp Creek.

"They've driven into flood waters coming from the creek," an officer said. "It was quite deep into the car and the car was floating. It had come up over the seat in the car and they were trapped.

The site of the rescue. Google Earth.

"It was a low point on the corner of the road and I'd say the car has stalled and they were stuck."

The women were "OK, but a little bit panicky getting out of the car," the officer said. "They were lucky the water wasn't running, it had risen but wasn't flowing."

The job was "done and dusted fairly quickly", with Orange police also in attendance.

Earlier, at about 2pm, Fire and Rescue had attended an incident on Cargo Road where a tree had fallen on a car. Fire and Rescue had to cut the man out of the car, after which he was transported to Orange Hospital.

Tow truck drivers are expected the remove the car shortly.

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