WATER IN THE ENGINE: This truck, towing a trailer, ended up in the croc-infested Jardine River recently when it missed the ferry.
WATER IN THE ENGINE: This truck, towing a trailer, ended up in the croc-infested Jardine River recently when it missed the ferry.

In the drink with the crocs circling

TO get to Bamaga at the top end of Australia trucks and all traffic for that matter, have to cross the crocodile-infested Jardine River.

They have to use the barge or ferry, as it is often called.

Sunday morning is usually quiet around Australia's northern outposts, but on September 9, a truck towing a trailer ended up in the river after attempting to drive onto the ferry.

At least one person has been taken by a crocodile and killed there, albeit some years ago.

But the river is still the habitat of many crocs of man-eating size.

I have used the ferry many times over several decades when travelling to Bamaga and sister towns of Seisia, Umagico and New Mapoon.

The trailer was loaded with gravel and had to be unhooked from the prime mover in the water.

A bulldozer tried to pull the prime mover from the water without much success and the road was closed for some time with the ferry out of service.

The crossing is part of the only major road route from Cairns to Bamaga.

The Bamaga Rd runs south from there to Bramwell Junction, where it is known as the Telegraph Rd until it meets the Peninsula Development Hwy at the turnoff to Weipa.

The incident was a hot topic of conversation among truckies who travel up that way.

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