Two hours to find injured biker
AN INJURED and disorientated motorcyclist waited almost two hours before police and paramedics could find him following an early-morning crash yesterday.
The rider, a 39-year-old Torbanlea man, was taken to hospital with suspected spinal injuries after he was located lying on the side of the road several kilometres from where rescuers had initially been searching.
It is believed the man had lost control of his motorcycle and crashed off Burrum Heads Rd, near Burgowan Rd, just after 3.30am.
He was found by the roadside at Old Toogoom Rd, Torbanlea, about 5.15am.
The rider called for an ambulance following the crash, but seemed to be having trouble describing his location.
He said he believed he'd come off his bike in bushland about 3km from Burrum Heads Rd and was attempting to make his way back to the road.
The Queensland Ambulance Service called for assistance from police and they set out in search of the man, patrolling both Burrum Heads Rd and Beelbi Creek Rd in the darkness.
At 4.15am, the crews were still unable to find the rider and had made several attempts to contact him.
About 4.20am, the injured man answered his phone and said he believed he had made it to Beelbi Creek Rd.
Still unable to find him, police made attempts to track his phone via GPS.
Shortly after 4.30am, the motorcyclist again contacted the ambulance service to say he had seen flashing lights travelling past him on Beelbi Creek Rd.
It was not until 5am that the man's bike was found near Burrum Heads Rd, about 200m from Burgowan Rd.
A police spokesman said the bike was standing up with minor damage.
Just after 5am, police received information from a member of the public that a man dressed in black was lying on the roadside at Old Toogoom Rd.
Emergency workers reached the man about 5.15am and he was transported to Hervey Bay Hospital at 5.28am.
Police said they will investigate.