Emergency services workers struggle to stay dry at the scene of a crash on Bourbong Street yesterday.
Emergency services workers struggle to stay dry at the scene of a crash on Bourbong Street yesterday. Vanessa Marsh

Heavy rain strikes in Bundaberg

A MOTORBIKE rider is in hospital after being hit by a four-wheel drive on Bourbong Street yesterday.

Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the smash just before 4pm where traffic was blocked as an ambulance crew worked on the man.

The scene was hindered by rain and a fire crew held a tarp over the man as the ambulance officers worked on him.

Bundaberg Police Sergeant Steve Schultz said the man was knocked from his bike by a Ford Territory as he entered a Bourbong Street roundabout near the Kennedy Bridge.

The 56-year-old sustained serious lacerations and bruising to his leg and similar but less serious injuries to other parts of his body.

He was transported to Bundaberg Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

While a heavy downpour made miserable work for emergency services workers, it could also spell bad news for Bundaberg region growers.

Storm clouds are gathering over most of south-east Queensland, but local growers say they have had enough rain to last the season.

Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers executive officer Peter Peterson said farmers would be happy if the stormy weather stayed away.

“We really don’t need any bad weather coming our way,” he said.

“Storms are going to be no good - with the wind it will damage crops.”

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Brett Harrison said while thunder storms were expected yesterday afternoon and last night in southern areas, the worst weather was expected to remain inland.

However, some showers and winds will reach Bundaberg, and residents can expect showers and thunderstorms today.

“It’s expected tomorrow and Friday will be fine days with a slight chance of a shower,” Mr Harrison said.



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