Broken Hill: Man dead after driving into flood water

A 56 year old man died late on Tuesday after his vehicle became stuck in flood waters and he was sucked into a concrete pipe by the road.

A man has died after his vehicle was swept away by flood waters near Broken Hill overnight.

He is the 23rd victim of this year’s severe east coast flooding.

New South Wales Police said that just after 10.30pm on Tuesday emergency services were called to Menindee Road, 35km east of Broken Hill in the state’s far west, following reports of a vehicle in flood waters.

Police have said they were told a 56-year-old man drove into the water and exited his Toyota Landcruiser utility.

He was then reportedly sucked into a concrete pipe and became stuck due to the force of the flood water.

Police and the SES later located the body of the man in the water. He couldn’t be revived.

Broken Hill was struck at the time by severe weather with 70mm of rain falling between 4pm and when the tragedy occurred.

A crime scene was established and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident has commenced.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

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