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Motorists swerve to miss croc on highway

WHY did the crocodile cross the road?

Tamara Temperley isn't quite sure, but the Gracemere woman won't be forgetting her encounter with the three-metre reptile any time soon.

Tamara and her boyfriend came across the beast while travelling on the Capricorn Hwy near Rockhampton about 9.30pm last Friday.

"We were at the overtaking lanes... we were driving back into town (Rockhampton)," she said yesterday.

"It was in the middle of our lane. We had to swerve to miss it. We couldn't see it until we were almost on top of it."

Tamara said it seemed to be walking towards the Yeppen Lagoon.

"It covered the entire laneway, maybe a bit more," she said.

"It would have written off the car if we hit it."

They aren't the only ones to cross paths with the croc.

Sean McNae said he saw it in the same area one night about two and half weeks ago.

"It was on the opposite side of the road but I had to brake and weave around it," he said.

"It took me until I was a couple of hundred metres down the road to realise that it was a croc.

"At first I thought it was a bit of rubbish from one of the sculptures that man makes, or a rubber one."

A spokesperson for the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said they had received reports of a medium sized crocodile near the Capricorn Hwy at Gracemere.

It has been targeted for removal.

Crocodile sightings can be reported at any time on 1300 130 372.

Topics:  capricorn highway, crocodile, department of environment and heritage protection



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