Biker down at black spot
THE notorious black spot intersection on Sexton Hill almost claimed another life yesterday morning when a motorcycle rider collided with a semi-tipper.
The 28-year-old male motorcyclist yesterday afternoon remained in a stable condition in the Tweed Hospital.
Tweed Police Sergeant Mark Garner said there were conflicting reports of the incident.
“The motorbike rider was on Terranora Road waiting to turn left onto the Pacific Highway,” Sgt Garner said.
“He believes the lights facing him went green. He’s proceeded through the intersection and was collected by the back dog-trailer of a Mack 16-tonne tipper truck.”
Sgt Garner said the truck driver saw the motorcyclist turn in front of him and swerved to miss him.
“But the trailer has continued on, striking the rider and ejecting him from the bike causing severe injuries.
“The rider suffered from a collapsed lung, broken lower vertebrae, broken right humerous, broken right shoulder, fractured sternum and cuts and abrasions.
“The truck driver suffered shock but was otherwise well.”
Paramedics worked on the rider as he lay on the highway for about 30 minutes.
They used a spinal board to lift him onto a stretcher before placing him into the back of a waiting ambulance, where he was taken to the Tweed Hospital.
A spokesperson from the North Coast Area Health Service yesterday afternoon said the man was in a stable condition.
Sgt Garner said the southbound intersection was the biggest black spot on the Tweed Coast.
“It’s very notorious for accidents and traffic delays,” he said.
“The road was closed and cars were diverted along Terranora Road. Heavy vehicles had to stop on the Pacific Highway.”
Traffic was banked back in the southbound lane to the Murwillumbah on-ramp until the highway was reopened about 11am.
“A number of witnesses have been interviewed by police and a brief is being completed,” Sgt Garner said.
“The Ballina Crash Investigation Unit is supervising the investigation.”
If anybody witnessed the incident they should contact Tweed Heads Police on (07) 5536 0999.