Aussie family lucky to be alive after fleeing their 4WD moments before it exploded in a ball of flame
- An Australian family escaped a flaming 4WD on their way to New Zealand’s ski fields
- The group made a speedy exit when the car burst into flames on the side of the road
- It then rolled down the hill in a spectacular fireball towards other vehicles
- The engine had died when it reached a steep climb to the tourist center of Queenstown
An Australian family fled a 4WD as it burst into flames at a popular tourist spot before rolling down a road in a spectacular fireball – horrifying onlookers.
The family of five were driving to the Remarkables ski fields in Queenstown, New Zealand on Wednesday and were heading up a steep road when the vehicle spun out.
The group quickly got out before the car – with a full tank of diesel – exploded in flames, sending a huge plume of black smoke into the air.
The family quickly got out before the car – with a full tank of diesel – burst into flames, with smoke billowing into the air (pictured)
Footage of the fire emerged on social media showing the burning car rolling down the hill towards other motorists (pictured)
The footage showed the car colliding with the side of a hill and mounting a grass verge, leaving a trail of smoke in its wake (pictured)
Ross Lawrence, manager at Remarkables Ski Area, said the motorist had not noticed the vehicle in any trouble until it stopped working on a corner of the mountainous road.
“The car braked or stopped and stopped,” Mr. Lawrence stuff.co.nz.
He said the driver let the car – which had just been filled with diesel – roll back 20 meters down the road to a safe area.
The driver then saw smoke coming from the engine.
“He jumped out, looked in the grill and saw flames,” said Mr. Lawrence. ‘He told everyone to get out and they got out quickly.’
It is understood the brake cables were destroyed by the flames as the car turned into a fireball.
The family were heading up a steep road heading towards the Queenstown snowfields (pictured) when the vehicle pulled out
Footage of the fire, filmed by another motorist, was posted on social media, showing the burning car hurtling down the hill towards other motorists.
The car is seen driving into the side of a hill and mounting a grass verge, leaving a trail of smoke in its wake.
The video revealed onlookers panicking as the 4WD drove down the road.
The long grass on the hillside caught fire before the vehicle crossed the road and stopped at a guard rail – setting more grass in motion.
Queenstown and Frankton emergency crews used two helicopters and fire trucks to extinguish the fire.
It is believed the family used to live in Queenstown and had borrowed the car from a friend so they could go to the ski fields.
The family of five were driving to the Remarkables ski fields in Queenstown (pictured) on Wednesday when the incident occurred
It is believed the family used to live in Queenstown and had borrowed the car from a friend to go to the ski fields (pictured, a fire engine at the scene)
Queenstown and Frankton emergency crews used two helicopters and fire trucks to extinguish the blaze (pictured)