Two wheel dan­ger

Po­lice warn­ing af­ter high coun­try road accidents

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By BRAD WORRALL

PO­LICE are warn­ing mo­tor­cy­clists and bike rid­ers to take care in the high coun­try af­ter two se­ri­ous in­ci­dents re­cently.

The state of the Bo­gong High Plains Road be­tween Mt Beauty and Falls Creek was con­sid­ered a fac­tor in an in­ci­dent that saw a Mel­bourne woman air­lifted to Mel­bourne.

A fe­male cy­clist from Gem­brook lost con­trol of her bike while de­scend­ing the moun­tain be­tween Cranky Char­lie and Lyre­bird Creek and fell, se­ri­ously in­jur­ing her skull.

Act­ing Sergeant Peter Dil­ley of the Mt Beauty po­lice said that the ac­ci­dent ap­peared to have re­sulted from a com­bi­na­tion of speed and poor road con­di­tions.

The woman’s hus­band, who was fol­low­ing her by car, found her on the road and called the am­bu­lance.

The woman was driven to Mt Beauty air­field then air lifted to the Al­fred Hospital.

Ear­lier this month a 28-yearold mo­tor­cy­clist was se­ri­ously injured when he came off his ve­hi­cle near Lang­fords Gap.

Act­ing Sergeant Dil­ley said that the mo­tor­cy­clist’s front wheel had slipped on loose stones, send­ing him off the road and into a tree, re­sult­ing in se­ri­ous breaks to an arm and a leg.

“The Falls Creek fire brigade were one of the first re­spon­ders fol­lowed by the am­bu­lance and the Mt Beauty po­lice,” he said.

“The fire brigade of­fi­cers ad­min­is­tered first aid, which was no easy mat­ter, and di­rected traf­fic un­til the po­lice ar­rived.

“I am al­ways im­pressed by the skill and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the Falls Creek brigade, in the way they re­spond to these si­t­u­a­tions,” he added.

The man was taken by am­bu­lance to Mt Beauty and air lifted to Mel­bourne.

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

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