Bruxner Highway's Alphadale blackspot strikes again
A DAMAGED motorcycle lying surrounded by debris scattered across the Bruxner Hwy told the story of a very close call with a truck yesterday morning for a Lismore man.
Paramedics worked frantically to stabilise the 43 year old after the motorcycle he was riding and a water tanker collided at the intersection of the Bruxner Hwy and Alphadale Rd.
Inspector Matt Kehoe of Lismore police said the crash occurred at 9.55am.
Police, paramedics and the Alphadale Rural Fire Service brigade responded to the incident.
"A 43-year-old man from Lismore travelling westbound impacted with a truck on the Bruxner Hwy at Alphadale," he said.
"He suffered some significant injuries to his left leg and perhaps some internal injuries."
Insp Kehoe said several people stopped at the scene after the incident, but none witnessed the crash.
"We were very fortunate to have two doctors from Lismore Hospital along with nursing staff that stopped at the incident and I would very much like to acknowledge their assistance," he said.
"This is a known black spot and investigations are continuing, so it's too early to determine the cause.
"We don't have any witnesses to the crash so I would encourage anyone who saw anything to contact police."
Insp Kehoe said the initial prognosis for the motorcyclist was good.
"The man was conscious, breathing and communicating with ambulance officers before he was transported to Lismore Base Hospital," he said.
"At this stage we don't regard his injuries as life threatening."
Officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit spent several hours investigating the incident.
Motorists travelling east and west on the Bruxner Hwy experienced delays after police alternated traffic flow in both directions around the crash site.
Late yesterday the motorcyclist remained at Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.
Any witnesses to the crash are urged to phone Lismore police on 6626 0599 or to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.