IT WAS probably the driver’s pride and joy but yesterday the Yamaha 1000 motorbike belonging to a 21-year-old Maryborough man was wrecked.
The black motorbike lay in the Maryborough Towing holding yard, still tangled in chainwire, after the young motorcyclist ploughed through a fence at Granville early yesterday morning.
The driver was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital with horrific injuries to his foot and suspected internal injuries.
Police said he veered off the road after riding along Blackbourn Street about 1am.
Towtruck driver Chris Sawyer picked up the pieces after the driver was taken to hospital.
He, along with emergency service workers, is sick of seeing the carnage.
“We’ve had a couple of motorbike crashes in the past few weeks,” he said.
“Most motorbike crashes are fatal because the driver doesn’t have much protection.
“I reckon the fence probably saved him.
“The fence was wrapped around the bike – he’s gone straight through it.”
Police are investigating whether alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.
Blood tests taken from crash victims take several weeks to be analysed, a police spokesman said.
Last month Mr Sawyer attended a motorbike crash in Maryborough that left a 20-year-old man fighting for his life.
The driver was in a coma for several days and now faces months of rehabilitation for a brain injury.
A frustrated Mr Sawyer said alcohol-related crashes brought up serious issues within the hotel industry.
“Some pubs serve people until they’re on the ground,” he said.
“It’s disgraceful that they serve young people until they’re paralytic.
“It happens every Friday and Saturday night at some Maryborough hotels.
“The Liquor Licensing officers need to come in and sort it out.
“Motorcycles are dangerous things, even if you haven’t been drinking.”