Rider dies in crash at Nashua
By ANDY PARKS
A 23-YEAR-OLD Goonellabah man died in a crash involving a car, a truck and his motorbike yesterday morning.
The accident occurred on the Bangalow Road at Nashua, about 200 metres north of the Booyong Road intersection.
The dead man was the rider of an unregistered Honda 250 motorcycle.
According to witnesses, the motorcyclist is believed to have been overtaking a semi-trailer when he swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting the rear of a second truck travelling in front of the semi.
The motorcycle collided with a south-bound Corolla hatchback. The rider was thrown from his bike before being struck by the semi.
The man driving the hatchback was taken to Lismore Base Hospital, where he was treated for minor glass-related injuries to his eyes. The driver of the semi-trailer was unharmed.
Vincent Marychurch was a passenger in the truck at the front and was on his way to work at Bangalow. He said he heard the bang and his 'guts dropped', but he still stopped to assist.
"I thought, 'what do you do?', but I started directing traffic away from the scene," he said.
Mr Marychurch said he started telling on-coming motorists what had happened and that they would have to take a detour around the crash sight.
"I was appalled by the attitude of some motorists. I copped heaps of abuse, some got really angry," he said.
The accident occurred at 7.25am and the road was closed until 10am, causing extensive traffic delays.
Inspector Owen King said the road was wet, which may have contributed to the accident. Police from Byron Bay and the Crash Investigation Unit are preparing a report for the coroner.