One dead, five injured after car hits buffalo on road in Australian outback

ONE man has been killed and five other people have been injured after the wagon they were in hit a buffalo on road near a remote community in the Northern Territory.

It’s understood six people were travelling in the four-wheel-drive station wagon when it struck the animal and rolled on Central Arnhem Road in East Arnhem, 600km east of Darwin (as the crow flies), around 5am on Sunday.

One of the passengers, a 54-year-old man, died at the scene, while the remaining five occupants sustained injuries of varying degrees, including broken bones, although none are believed to be critical.


Police said the injured occupants were transported to the nearby Gapuwiyak clinic for treatment.

It’s understood some of the patients were scheduled to be transported to the Royal Darwin Hospital for further treatment on Sunday afternoon.

The 663km long vastly unsealed road is also known as the Central Arnhem Highway or the ‘Bulman Track’ and is the main road to the East Arnhem Region and the mining town of Nhulunbuy.

As most of the road stretches across Aboriginal-owned land, permits are required for non-indigenous persons to travel its length.

Due to the road’s extreme conditions, only four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended. The road was ranked 5th in the Australian 4WD Action list of 20 “must drive” four-wheel-drive tracks in Australia in 2010.