Cyclist hurt in Chinderah crash
[UPDATE 11.30AM]: A KINGSCLIFF cyclist hit by a truck early yesterday morning is clinging to life in the Gold Coast Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman this morning said the 65-year-old was in a critical condition in the intensive care unit.
The man was cycling northbound, just south of Barneys Point Bridge at Chinderah, when he was struck by a B-Double truck from behind about 5.35am yesterday.
Tweed Heads Police Inspector Greg Carey said the impact of the truck ejected the cyclist from his bike.
“It took about 100 metres for the truck to come to a halt after the incident,” Insp Carey said.
“The truck impacted the rear of the bicycle and that caused the cyclist to be ejected from the bike.”
Police said the man had not been dragged underneath the truck.
A New South Wales paramedic spokesperson said the cyclist had been found unconscious at the scene.
He was first transported to Tweed Hospital before being conveyed to Gold Coast Hospital with serious head injuries.
Insp Carey said the cyclist had been travelling in the merging lane on the left hand side at the time of the incident.
Tweed Heads Police last night said the man's condition was stable.
Gold Coast Hospital staff were unable to give a condition report at time of print.
Tweed Heads Police, NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and the Ballina Police Crash Investigation Unit attended the scene of the accident before the truck was moved.
The driver of the truck, a 36-year-old from Victoria, had been assisting police with inquiries.
Traffic travelling north past the accident was backed up for about a kilometre yesterday morning as police cleared the scene.
All lanes remained open. Investigations are continuing.