Motorcyclist seriously injured

A MOTORCYCLIST had to be airlifted to Hervey Bay Hospital yesterday morning after coming off his bike on Fraser Island.

Initial fears that the man had suffered back injuries had eased by the time he was taken from Happy Valley Drive, on the island's east coast.

An ambulance spokesperson said he was in a stable condition and had sustained a possible wrist fracture in the accident about 9.15am.

About 10 passers-by stopped to help the injured man, who was travelling in a group of motorcyclists, before a local paramedic took over.

One witness said the accident happened near high tide and the soft sand near the top of the beach would have made conditions difficult for motorcyclists at the time.

Emergency services on the Fraser Coast were kept busy at the weekend.

Three vehicles collided at the corner of Richmond and Alice streets in Maryborough about 9.40am on Saturday.

An ambulance spokesman said a driver had failed to give way and was hit on both sides by two four-wheel-drives.

He said an eight-year-old passenger was taken to Maryborough Hospital but the three drivers had only minor injuries.

Paul Behne at Maryborough Police said the driver of the vehicle travelling north on Richmond Street failed to give way and was hit by a vehicle travelling east on Alice Street and then hit a vehicle that was stopped at the intersection, facing south on Richmond Street.

In Hervey Bay on Friday about 6.50pm, two drivers were taken to hospital after a two-car crash on Boat Harbour Drive and Denmans Camp Road in Torquay.

Hervey Bay Sergeant Dave Dansie said a 44-year-old Scarness woman in a Holden Apollo sedan was attempting to turn right into Boat Harbour Drive and collided with a Toyota Hilux ute driven by a 22-year-old Scarness man who received minor bruising in the crash.

He said the sedan, which was also carrying the woman's 16-year-old son, was extensively damaged while the ute was moderately damaged.

Sgt Dansie said the woman, who had bruising and possible spinal injuries, had been issued with a traffic offence notice for failing to give way.

Also on Friday night, he said a white Holden commodore sedan caught fire and burnt out after running off the road and hitting a tree on Booral Road about 10.15pm.

Sgt Dansie said a 35-year-old Torquay man was taken to hospital after the accident and police had obtained a blood sample to ascertain whether alcohol or drugs were involved.



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