Car plummets 50 metres down a cliff in the Daintree Rainforest


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The Cape Tribulation Road in the Daintree is the scene of a crash this afternoon. Image: Supplied.


A 23-year-old Cairns man has been charged following a single vehicle traffic incident on Cape Tribulation Road near Cow Bay.

Police will allege the Nissan Pulsar being driven by the man, left the roadway and came to a stop balancing on the edge of an embankment.

A Victorian tourist came across the incident and assisted in removing the 23-year-old man from the car.

In an effort by the passer-by to help tow the car away from the edge, the tow rope snapped and the Nissan sedan rolled down the hill. There was no-one in the car at the time.

Mossman police attend and the driver allegedly returned a positive roadside breath test. He was conveyed to the Mossman Watchhouse where he provided certified breath alcohol reading of 0.151.

The man was charged with driving whilst under the influence of liquor or a drug.


The driver and a possible passenger involved in a car crash this afternoon in the Daintree have attempted to flee the scene.

A QFES spokesperson said Fire and Rescue Crews left the scene after discovering the vehicle did not contain any people.
It is believed two people involved in the crash have absconded and abandoned the vehicle about 50 metres down an embankment at Kimberley on the Cape Tribulation Road. 
A Queensland Police spokesperson said one person was located nearby with Police alleging they were found in a possibly intoxicated state.
Police are currently transporting that person to Mossman Police Station for further testing and questioning.
Investigations continue into the whereabouts and identity of a second person involved in the crash. 


An intrepid firefighter has climbed down a 50-metre embankment on the Cape Tribulation Road after a car left the road this afternoon.

The firefighter scaled the cliff on the end of a rope and used a thermal imaging camera to check for people inside the vehicle. 

It is understood the car left the road near Kimberley (between the Daintree River Ferry and Cow Bay) at about 4.00pm today.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this stage. 

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