The 27-year-old driver of this car died in a single-vehicle crash at Wardell on Saturday morning.
The 27-year-old driver of this car died in a single-vehicle crash at Wardell on Saturday morning. David Nielsen

Tragedy strikes: Two dead on district roads

TWO Northern Rivers families are mourning the loss of a loved one following a black weekend on local roads.

A 40-year-old Lismore man died sometime between 5pm on Friday night and 8.30am on Saturday when he failed to negotiate a bend along Corndale Road, near Bexhill.

The man’s motorbike veered across the wrong side of the road before colliding with a cattle fence, 50 metres south of Lockton Road.

According to police, the man had left a property at Eureka earlier that day.

When he did not arrive home his family went out to look for him.

However, the man’s body was not found until the following morning. A passing motorist saw the rider and his Yamaha trail bike in long grass on the side of the road and contacted police.

Officers from the Richmond Local Area Command, including the Police Rescue, attended and established a crime scene to gather information about the cause of the crash. 

 The trail bike has been seized and will undergo a mechanical examination as part of the ongoing investigation.

A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out at Lismore Base Hospital to establish the time and exact cause of the man’s death.

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner into the death.

Tragedy also struck in the early hours of Saturday morning when a car ran off a road at Wardell, south of Ballina.

Emergency services were called to Back Channel Road about 4am after the Holden Commodore sedan failed to negotiate a tight left-hand bend and left the roadway.

According to police duty officer Acting Insp Brad Donald, an examination of the scene yesterday morning showed the car travelled through long grass and scrub before crashing into a tree, continuing a short distance and coming to rest against another tree.

 The driver, believed to be a 27-year-old Wardell man, sustained serious head injuries and died at the scene.

 Two male passengers, aged 18 and 27, suffered only minor injuries and were able to free themselves, before contacting emergency services.

 The body of the driver was taken to Lismore Base Hospital, where a post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out in the coming days.

The man is yet to be formally identified.

Officers from Richmond Local Area Command, volunteers from the State Emergency Service and the NSW Rural Fire Service all assisted at the crash scene.

An examination of the scene was also conducted by officers from the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit.
The car was later taken to the holding yard at Ballina police station for mechanical examination.

 Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the crash are continuing.

 Police are yet to release the names of the two men who lost their lives, as relatives are still being informed of their deaths.

Police are appealing to any members of the public who might have witnessed either crash or the moments leading up to them to contact the Lismore police station on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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