Lucky escape for driver who crashed Fiat into Yarra River

A woman made a lucky escape from her sinking car after crashing into the Yarra River early Saturday morning.

Police divers have recovered the white Fiat 500 that the 33-year-old Prahran woman had been driving west on CityLink before taking the Yarra Boulevard exit at Burnley about 12.30am.

The car crashed over a road barrier and footpath before ploughing straight through a metal fence and landing in the Yarra River.


The woman, who was driving alone, managed to escape the sinking car and swim safely to the bank as the car sank to the riverbed.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said she suffered arm and abdominal injuries and was treated for lacerations to her head.

The woman was taken to The Alfred hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

Leading Senior Constable Lee Thomson said the exact cause of the crash remains unknown, but the driver has been assisting police with their enquiries from her hospital bed.

The badly damaged vehicle was located by police divers about 10.30am and pulled from the river around noon.

Witnesses are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit an anonymous report via

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