Balancing act for driver on the edge
By NERIDA BLOK
Woman nearly goes over sheer drop
TEETERING in her car over the edge of a 50m sheer drop behind Byron Bay yesterday, Tracey Foster's trip home was right out of a Hollywood thriller.
The Lennox Head woman lost control of her small sedan just after 5pm on St Helena Road overlooking Byron Bay, and spent the next 15 minutes fearing for her life.
Tracey, 29, said she tried to change gears and 'it just slid out on the soft gravel'.
She said the rear went over the edge and the front of her blue Nissan Pulsar ended up at a 45-degree angle.
"I kept thinking 'don't take your foot off the brake or you'll go'," she said. "I also had the handbrake on thinking 'please don't roll'. My foot was shaking."
Tracey said she was travelling from Burringbar and decided to 'go through St Helena to get some groceries'. She said fortunately she had charged her second mobile phone yesterday and used that to call for help.
"I took my second mobile and on the third attempt I had reception. 000 went through," she said. "I talked to this amazing lady. She kept me distracted and laughing."
Still in shock, Tracey said she couldn't recall the specifics of her rescue.
"I remember a gentleman with red hair who had kids in the back of his car. He tied my car to his," she said. "I was still in the car. I wasn't going to get out."
Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Squad, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby police, and ambulance crews attended the scene.
A Byron Bay police supervisor said a man travelling past stopped and attached a rope from his car to Ms Foster's car.
"Two police vehicles then hooked their winches on to it and, once the vehicle was secure, they waited for the tow truck to recover the vehicle on to the roadway," he said. "We're just thankful she is OK, and she was able to continue her travels."
Tracey said she hadn't taken that road for a long time 'and I probably won't take it again for a very long time'.