Motorcycle club president killed in Bruce Hwy crash
THE president of a recreational motorcycle club well known for his charity work has died in a horror smash involving three motorbikes on the Bruce Hwy.
Early details suggested the men were part of a group of five motorcyclists who were making their way towards Brisbane from the Childers area.
All five riders were in the right-hand lane, with two groups of riders two abreast and the fifth rider behind when they were travelling south around 11.20am.
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The Ipswich man killed was a father-of-two and leader of a recreational motorcycle riding club, News Corp reported.
Sons of the Southern Cross motorcycle club president Steve "Towball" Fitzsimons, 43, died.
A United Motorcycle Clubs of Queensland spokesman said the organisation would do everything it could to lessen the burden on his family, including his two children.
"It's a sad day for the motorcycling community," the spokesman told the Courier-Mail.
"Towball was a good bloke who believed in everything he was doing. He had a lot of love for his family."
Tributes have been posted from fellow motorcycle clubs across the country.
"We are shocked, devastated and saddened to bring you the news that our Founder and National President lost his life in an accident while on a club run this morning in Qld,'' the Adelaide club posted on Facebook.
"Towball was an inspiration and great leader to us all. His vision and legacy will live on in all of us through The Sons of the Southern Cross SMC as we relentlessly carry on everything he and his club stands for."
It is understood one of his daughters was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
The crash happened as the group of riders approached the bridge over Beerburrum Creek.
A police spokesman said for unknown reasons one of the motorcycles veered right, hitting a guard rail.
This caused a spiral of events with a second motorcycle colliding with the first, knocking the rider off.
A third motorcycle then collided with the same rider.
The rescue helicopter was called in to assist.
The 43-year-old male rider, from Collingwood Park near Ipswich, was declared deceased at the scene.
A 47-year-old Browns Plains man, the rider of another motorcycle, was also injured in the crash and was transported to Caboolture Hospital with a shoulder injury.
Brisbane and sunny boys leaving this morning Ride safe brother SFFSPosted by Sons of the Southern Cross SMC CQ Chapter on Saturday, April 2, 2016
The southbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours and traffic was diverted to Steve Irwin Way.
This caused extensive traffic delays to the already busy end-of-weekend traffic as people snaked their way back to the city.
Brisbane's Haggman family were locked in the traffic for five hours as they tried to travel home from Moby Vics where they had stopped for lunch.
Dad, Mitch Haggman said they had enjoyed a good weekend at Eudlo until they were caught in the traffic coming home.
They were thankful they had stopped for lunch at Moby Vics, only leaving at 12pm or "we could have been near the accident".
"We've often been caught in bad Sunday traffic, but this set a new record," Mr Haggman said.
Kate Haggman, who grew up on the Sunshine Coast, said the constant delays on the Bruce Hwy, were making her no longer want to travel to the Coast.
Hours after the Elimbah accident and rescue services were called to another motorbike accident near Coochin Creek on the Bruce Hwy.
A police spokeswoman said a motorbike had gone into a ditch, but it didn't appear injuries were too serious.
The forensic crash unit is investigating the fatal accident.
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