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Rider in hospital after crash

A MOTORCYCLIST who desperately tried to avoid hitting a four-wheel drive at Limpinwood yesterday has ended up in hospital.

The 55-year-old Gold Coast man, who dropped his bike and crashed to avoid colliding with the other vehicle, had to be airlifted to The Tweed Hospital from the Limpinwood Road crash scene, north of Tyalgum.

The man, a Broadbeach Waters resident, suffered a shoulder injury in the crash, and cuts and bruises to his arms and legs.

“At approximately 12.30pm the ambulance service was called to Limpinwood Road where a 55-year-old Queensland motorcyclist had dropped his motorcycle to avoid hitting a four-wheel drive,” Westpac Rescue helicopter paramedic Michael Smith said.

Paramedics from Murwillumbah and Kingscliff treated the injured man at the scene, but then contacted the rescue helicopter to fly him to The Tweed Hospital.

Mr Smith said the patient, who may have fractured his scapula, was conscious and flown to the hospital in a stable condition.

The helicopter landed on the road about 50 metres from the crash scene.

It took seven minutes to reach the hospital, a trip that could have taken up to 40 minutes by road, Mr Smith said.



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