News

Motorbike rider killed in crash

The scene of the fatal crash south of Childers on the Bruce Highway, in which Bundaberg man Ken Davis  is believed to have died.
The scene of the fatal crash south of Childers on the Bruce Highway, in which Bundaberg man Ken Davis is believed to have died. Rhianna Blacker

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.

Topics:  bruce highway, bundaberg, childers, motorbike




Craft beer champions Baffle competition at national awards

TASTE OF VICTORY: Baffle Beer Brewery's Capricornia lager took out a gold at the national Craft Beer Awards.

“It’s very special – it’s a dark, smoky bock beer"

Figures show we Aussies love our cruising holidays

Captain Cook Cruises' m.v. Reef Endeavour stands off an island in the Lau group of eastern Fiji.

Cruising among Australians rose almost 15%

Latest deals and offers

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Indigenous artist shows tourists secrets of Aboriginal painting

Ever thought "I could do that" about Aboriginal art?

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

Aussie director makes his mark on new Roots mini-series

Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in a scene from the TV series Roots.

BRUCE Beresford behind final episode of remake of iconic series.

Wham bam, thank you TAM

Regional TAM is increasing its audience measurement services by 50%.

Regional television viewers finally getting the credit we deserve

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles