Girl rescued as runaway car rolls through busy Gower campsite
HOLIDAYMAKERS have had a “lucky escape” after a runaway car with a young child on board rolled through a campsite and tumbled down a bank.
It is understood a family were packing their Vauxhall people carrier after a stay at the Three Cliffs Holiday Park in Gower when their daughter released the handbrake, sending the vehicle down the sloping field.
The parents were able to pluck the 15-month-old passenger to safety but could not stop the car from running down through the camping field, hitting a large stone and flipping on to its roof as it tumbled down a bank beyond.
The girl was later taken to hospital as a precaution, but police said she was uninjured.
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One camper who saw the drama in the field unfold said: “I heard a commotion outside and looked out of the tent.
“I could see the car going down the field and thought to myself ‘that’s a stupid way to drive’ but then I could see there was nobody driving.
“It is lucky the car didn’t hit any of the tents — people had a lucky escape.”
The incident happened at around 9.20am on Saturday on the Penmaen site, prompting a response from the police, fire service, and an RNLI coastguard team.
It is understood the car had been parked pointing down the slope as the family were putting their camping gear in the boot, and that it travelled around 200 yards before crashing.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “A family were packing their tent when it appears a child released the handbrake.
“The child was removed from the vehicle and the vehicle proceeded across the field, hit a boundary wall at the end of the field, overturned and continued down the bank.”
Fire crews from Reynoldston and Swansea West stations were called to the incident, and a spokesman said officers were on hand to provide first aid and to make the crashed car safe.
The Oxwich RNLI coastguard team was also scrambled, after initial, erroneous, reports that a vehicle had rolled down the bank and into Three Cliffs Bay.
The car was later recovered from shrubs in the ditch.
Tom Beynon, a director of the Three Cliffs park, said: “The most important thing is the little girl is okay and nobody was hurt — cars can be replaced.
“The parents were a bit shaken-up by it, but they are okay. The little girl didn’t really understand what had happened.
“We advise people to park across the slope where possible.”