A WOMAN has spent more than 17 hours alone and unconscious, trapped in her car after it plunged into a creek on the NSW South Coast.
The 67-year-old woman was travelling alone along the Princes Highway at Kianga, near Narooma on Wednesday night when her Holden SUV left the road and crashed into Kianga Creek about 11pm.
The woman was knocked out on impact and spent the next 15 hours trapped unconscious in her overturned car.
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Miraculously, police said the woman regained consciousness just before 4.30pm on Thursday and was able to raise the alarm.
Despite waking up and calling police, however, the woman was still trapped and had no idea where she was.
Emergency services used GPS technology on the woman’s phone to track her down and within 20 minutes found her car half submerged in the creek.
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Despite losing consciousness for more than half a day, paramedics said the woman was in “relatively good spirits”.
“Down a ditch, in a creek, it would have been a very cold night, and when we arrived on the scene it was getting cold, but she was in good spirits,” Inspector Steven Owen from NSW Ambulance told reporters.
“She was stable, she was conscious, she was talking to us, she was able to give us all the information we needed.
“There was still a bit of a memory loss of what happened, and times involved, because we are presuming she’s been there for 17 hours (but) she was very thankful she was found.”
Once removed from the wreckage, the woman was taken to a local football field from where she was airlifted to Canberra Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.
It’s understood the woman suffered multiple fractures in the crash and was suffering from the effects of exposure.
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