‘I’m scared’: Man, 59, killed after crash near Darwin zoo
Posted On July 9, 2021
A 59-year-old man has died after a crash at Darwin’s Zoo on Friday afternoon.
Key points:The man was travelling on a public transport system when he crashed into a fenceThe zoo says there was a safety breachThe man died in hospitalA police investigation has been launchedThe man had been travelling on the public transport network when he hit the fence at the zoo, about 2.15pm (AEDT)Witnesses reported seeing a large, black vehicle travelling on Park Road.
The man, who had a medical condition, was pronounced dead on the scene.
He was travelling with two passengers and a dog.
The driver was questioned and released, police said.
“We’ve got some very concerning and tragic incidents at the Darwin Zoo this morning,” zoo director Mark Brown said.
“It’s certainly a difficult time for us.”
It is our first and most important duty as a zoo to ensure that our guests feel safe.
“If you’re driving a car in Darwin you are putting your life in danger, so it is important that we keep them safe and secure.”
Mr Brown said the zoo would be holding a public meeting on Saturday to discuss the incident.
The zoo had been operating under tight security after an incident last week involving a man and his pet dog.
It was closed to visitors on Saturday and a number of other areas were also restricted, with the zoo’s website advising: “We are keeping an open mind about the incident, as we do with all of our visitors, to allow for the investigation to run its course.”