Injured biker thank­ful

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACKHOUSE

AN Oak Val­ley woman who suf­fered se­vere in­juries in a mo­tor­bike crash has praised a group of men who stopped to pro­vide help.

Trina Luerzsen, 23, was trav­el­ling to Char­ters Tow­ers through rain on the Flin­ders High­way last Sun­day when her mo­tor­cy­cle hit a patch of oil near the Min­gela Ho­tel.

Ms Luerzsen lost con­trol of her bike and slid across the high­way for about 10m.

She was badly hurt but it wasn’t long be­fore help ar­rived to com­fort her and ren­der first aid.

The first per­son on the scene, whose name Ms Luerzsen doesn’t know, pulled over and blocked the road with his car.

He then helped her move her bike from the road.

“He set up his swag for me on the grass and they moved me on to that and then he called the am­bu­lance,” she said.

An­other man, Mark Lack­er­steen, had also stopped and ap­plied a ban­dage to her an­kle.

Then a man named Tony Power stopped to help and stayed with her un­til paramedics ar­rived.

Ms Luerzsen, who lives on a farm near Oak Val­ley was placed in an am­bu­lance where her conditioned wors­ened.

“While they were try­ing to insert a can­nula, my heart stopped for about 30 sec­onds and then I had a seizure,” she said.

“It all lasted about two min­utes.”

She was rushed to Townsville Hos­pi­tal and doc­tors con­firmed on Mon­day she had two bro­ken bones.

She now faces a long pe­riod of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and will need scans on her mus­cles and heart. De­spite her or­deal, Ms Luerzsen said her main pri­or­ity was to thank those who helped her.

“I want to thank ev­ery­one who stopped and took time out of their day to stand around me in the rain and keep me calm un­til the am­bu­lance ar­rived,” she said.

“Some peo­ple are re­luc­tant to stop, but luck­ily that wasn’t my ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Trina Luerzsen.

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