Family of five survives 40-meter plunge in car

A family of five, including three small children, emerged virtually unscathed from the wreck of their car early yesterday after plunging into a ravine some 40 meters deep. The accident occurred at around 9 a.m. on the road from Lamia to Domokos in central Greece at a spot that traffic police have highlighted as a danger zone. The car crashed through the roadside barriers and down into the ravine, according to police who said that a light shower had made the road surface slippery. The father, who had been driving, and his wife extricated themselves from the wreck first before rescuing their smallest children, aged 2 and 3. Their third child, a 5-year-old boy, remained trapped in the car wreck for over an hour until the local fire service managed to cut him free. He was given first aid at a local hospital, where doctors said he had suffered no serious injuries or major shock.