The fatal crash scene at Coffee Camp, 3km from Nimbin, on Saturday afternoon.
The fatal crash scene at Coffee Camp, 3km from Nimbin, on Saturday afternoon. Richmond Local Area Command

Biker's Death Mars Revelry

DURING a perfect sunny and still Saturday afternoon, on a road being used by excited revellers heading to Nimbin's MardiGrass, a wife suffering multiple broken bones lay 20 metres away from her fatally injured husband.

This was the aftermath of the region's third motorcycle accident and second fatality in three days.

The couple, believed to be from the Kempsey area, were travelling south along Nimbin Road about 1pm when the accident happened.

It is believed the male rider lost control on a corner about 3km south of Nimbin. According to police, the man was hit by a white hatchback carrying four youths travelling in the opposite direction. The youths were not injured.

The male rider died at the scene and his wife was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital with a fractured arm, neck and back.

Lismore paramedic Pete Haron was one of the first at the scene, arriving aboard the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter minutes after the crash.

"The man was already deceased, but the women, who looked to be in her mid-forties, was conscious and talking," Mr Haron said.

"I don't think she knew about her husband's state, because she would have been a lot more distressed.

"She wasn't told about his death while in our care."

Nimbin Road was immediately closed to traffic from the accident site to Goolmangar.

Sen Cons Michael Hogan said the extensive road block was necessary because of the number of side roads feeding on to Nimbin Road.

Traffic on the road was heavy due to MardiGrass and revellers were told of traffic diversions at the festival.

The road was eventually reopened four-and-a-half hours later, at approximately 5pm. On Thursday 34-year-old Jiggi motorcycle rider Stephen Trinder travelling home along Jiggi Road died when his bike collided with the front of a small dark blue sedan at approximately 3.30pm.

On Friday another motorcyclist, believed to be in his late 20s, slid from the road at Tuntable Falls, north-east of Nimbin.

He sustained lower back, facial and internal injuries and is still in a serious condition in Lismore Base Hospital.


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