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Traffic incident, Archer River (Cape York)

Police are once again appealing to motorists to heed the “If it’s flooded forget it” warning following the second incident in as many days in the state’s Far North region.

Around 2.30pm today Cairns Water police received advice that a vehicle had been washed from a flooded causeway on the Peninsula Development Road at Archer River.

Initial information suggests that a vehicle was observed by staff from the Archer River Roadhouse attempting to cross the causeway. The vehicle was subsequently washed from the causeway which at the time had at least one metre of water flowing over it.

Staff from the roadhouse put their own personal safety at risk to rescue the 82-year-old sole occupant of the vehicle and another member of the public who had also gone to the aid of the driver.

Water Police officers have spoken with the driver who is safe and well, and not suffering any injuries as a result of the incident.

Coen Police are expected to attend the roadhouse and will return the man to the township of Coen.

With rain continuing to fall across the Far North and even heavier falls expected throughout the night and tomorrow morning police are pleading with motorists to not risk their lives and the lives of others by travelling through flooded roads.

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