Roo roadblock injures rider

A BARGARA man was recovering in hospital yesterday, after he swerved his motorbike to avoid a kangaroo and crashed into a ditch on an isolated road.

The 56-year-old man was out for a ride with friends on Sunday morning, when he rounded a corner on Kerwee Road between Mt Perry and Eidsvold, and came face to face with the roo.

“He swerved to miss it, and went into a drainage channel between the road and the trees,” Bundaberg AGL Action Rescue helicopter pilot Dick Snell said.

“The drain had a tree root running across it which he hit, and was thrown off his bike.”

Due to the remote area, one of the man's companions was forced to ride about 15km to an area where he could get mobile reception to dial 000.

Ambulance and fire crews from Monto and Eidsvold responded to the crash, followed by the Bundaberg AGL Action Rescue helicopter.

“We had to land on the road to get access,” Mr Snell said.

“Due to his position (in the drainage ditch), it was difficult to move him.”

The crash took place about 30km west of Eidsvold, and 40km east of Mt Perry about 10am on Sunday.

Mr Snell said the man was airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital in stable condition.

He suffered a compound fracture to his left leg, and is expected to make a full recovery.



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