A 72-YEAR-OLD Bundaberg man is dead and another is in hospital following a head-on crash involving two motorbikes and a four-wheel drive on the Bruce Highway south of Childers yesterday.
The man killed in the crash is believed to be Ken Davis, the owner of Walla St Motorcycles, who has been riding motorbikes for 50 years and is well known for his work mentoring Speedway riders.
It is believed Mr Davis, along with a 34-year-old man who was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, was part of a large group of motorcyclists who were returning to Bundaberg after a day out.
Mr Davis's wife rushed to the scene of the crash, about 20km south of Childers, after being called by the other riders, but nothing could be done to save her husband.
"It appears that two of the motorcyclists tried to overtake, and one has collided head-on with a south-bound vehicle," Maryborough Forensic Crash Unit investigator Senior Constable Glenn Rusten said.
"It was a long, clear, straight stretch of clear road, and it appears he has crossed a fair way into the south-bound lane."
It is believed the younger rider, who was in front, lost control of his bike as they tried to overtake a vehicle.
"He was in full safety gear and he got up and walked at the scene, but his injuries are unknown," Snr Const Rusten said.
A Queensland Police spokeswoman said the 34-year-old rider slid for several metres across the road.
Mr Davis, who is believed to have been following behind him, then collided with the black four-wheel drive Holden Jackaroo.
The northbound lane of the Bruce Highway was closed for more than an hour.
Traffic backed up for several kilometres as emergency crews worked at the scene.
The 60-year-old driver of the four-wheel drive was not injured, but she was treated at the scene for shock.
The Forensic Crash Investigation Unit will carry out a full examination into the cause of the crash.Did you know Mr Davis? Leave your tribute below.