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Woman who jumped from car at Moama looked like she was “hit by truck”

By Ivy Jensen

A WOMAN who jumped from a moving vehicle in Moama on Tuesday looked like she had been ‘‘hit by a truck’’, an eyewitness said.

The 49-year-old woman suffered head and lower body injuries jumping out of the SUV on Perricotta Rd near Five Mile about 1.50pm.

‘‘A vehicle was driving along Perricoota Rd when an altercation began and a woman jumped from the vehicle,’’ Murray River Police District Inspector Paul Huggett said.

‘‘The woman was conscious and breathing and speaking to the paramedics but she suffered injuries to her head.’’

NSW and Echuca police as well as Ambulance Victoria attended the scene, where paramedics took the woman to Echuca hospital for treatment and a mental health assessment.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said the woman was assessed at the scene for upper and lower body injuries.

She was flown by the air ambulance helicopter to The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Her condition is unknown.

An eyewitness said it looked like the car was travelling about 100km/h before the woman jumped.

‘‘She did a face plant on the highway,’’ she said.

‘‘She looked like she had been hit by a truck.

‘‘There was blood everywhere. Her face was pretty torn up and there was blood on her hands, legs and torso.’’

The witness said there was another man, aged in his 40s, and a woman in her 20s in the car.

‘‘I restrained the woman until the police arrived,’’ he said.

‘‘She seemed to be high as she was very elevated and delusional and not sure of her surroundings.’’

The woman was taken to Echuca hospital for a mental health assessment.

Another witness said she was driving along Perricoota Rd when she saw the vehicle about 15 minutes before the woman jumped.

‘‘I was driving towards Thyra Rd when I saw the car coming out near Five Mile on the dirt,’’ she said.

‘‘It was driving really erratically and it nearly hit me. It was such a shock.

‘‘I looked in the rearview mirror and saw the driver’s side door open and shut a couple of times.

‘‘When I got home I called the police and I heard what happened.’’

Perricoota Rd was blocked off from the Thyra Rd turn-off while police examined the scene.

Insp. Huggett said police had spoken to witnesses but urged anyone else who had seen the incident or had dashcam footage to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.