– Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand

Driving through the tunnel on way home for lunch (had rung son he was too busy that day to go to C1 so went home) when all of a sudden the lights went out it was pitch black.

Hubby turned the lights on full, we did think it strange as tunnel control normally advise you if light testing as you enter tunnel. Saw white stuff fluttering down so hubby turned lights off as thought lights were playing up, realised what he did and turned lights back on (remember this happened in a few seconds) by this time we realised what was happening and I said a very nasty word To get me the ….. out of here. At this stage we did not have steering as were airborne by the time we got traction back we were over the centre line. We floored it, will always rember the noise it was like a truck with airbrakes on coming up behind us but there was no one there. The lights had gone red by now but there was no way we were stopping. Got to the Lyttelton end doing about 80 and almost didn’t take roundabout as were watching a building come down on Norich Quay and a car reverising to avoid a rockfall at tunnel entrance, going round, roundabout toward home a rockfall coming down just past our place and the dust everywhere.

Has taken me quite a while to get to go the speed limit through tunnel now as I have to use it daily. The first time on my own had to pullover at end to stop the panic that was feeling, ok now.

It was the longest four hour of our lives as our son was in the cbd waiting for his call.

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