The helicopter attending to the accident at Gradys Creek, north of Kyogle.
The helicopter attending to the accident at Gradys Creek, north of Kyogle.

Motorbike crashes keep rescuers busy

MOTORCYCLISTS have come off second best in a series of accidents on Northern Rivers roads since Friday.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended four motorbike accidents in the region in the space of 24 hours.

At 4pm on Friday the helicopter was called out to help two dirt bike riders who had crashed in a remote location 10km south-west of Urbenville.

The riders, a 45-year-old-man and a 13-year-old girl, had collided with each other.

Both had suffered leg fractures.

They were treated at the scene before the girl was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

The man was also taken to Lismore by ambulance.

At 2am on Saturday the helicopter was called to the Tabulam area in response to reports that a motorbike rider had suffered serious injuries as a result of a high speed crash.

The helicopter took off from Lismore. However, road ambulance crews advised the helicopter it was no longer required to transport the rider.

The next morning the helicopter was called out to yet another crash involving a motorbike, this time at Gradys Creek about 20km north of Kyogle.

At 11.45am the helicopter doctor and paramedic stabilised the man, who had suffered multiple injuries, and flew him to Lismore Base Hospital.

Within two-and-a-half hours a motorcyclist 2km west of Drake was in need of the helicopter after he crashed into a railing and fell five metres down an embankment.

He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition.



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