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Broken Hill man dies after car swept into floodwaters on remote dirt road in far west New South Wales

By Saskia Mabin and Andrew Schmidt, Tuesday September 22, 2020 - 12:21 EST
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Police say they recovered the vehicle, found submerged in deep floodwaters. - ABC licensed

Police are investigating the death of a Broken Hill man after his car was swept into floodwaters on a remote dirt road in far west New South Wales.

Police from the Barrier District say the 64-year-old man and his 37-year-old male passenger were driving on Netley Road, about 90 kilometres south-west of Broken Hill, early on Sunday morning.

They say the vehicle was swept off the road by a flooded creek.

According to police, both men got out of the vehicle and tried to swim to safety but the driver lost consciousness and died before emergency crews arrived.

His passenger was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Police say the cause of death is unknown and investigations are continuing into why the pair were travelling on flooded roads.

and all unsealed roads in the region were closed.

"You don't drive through flooded creeks," said Barrier Detective Acting Inspector Matt McCarthy.

Vehicle recovered from creek

Netley Road is a dirt road near an outback property.

Detective Acting Inspector McCarthy said police believe the pair were driving toward Broken Hill from the South Australian border.

"It is a scenic route. Obviously inquiries will be continuing in regard to what's gone on, but we don't really know," he said.

"They somehow got in contact with [the people] at Netley [Road] and rang from there. Police and emergency services responded."

"We don't know the cause of the death, but he [the 64-year-old-man] was dead on arrival of emergency services."

Police recovered the car, a Mitsubishi Triton, found in floodwaters on Monday.

A report was being prepared for the coroner.


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