Police inspect the guard rail on Quay Street, where a motorbike rider lost his life yesterday.
Police inspect the guard rail on Quay Street, where a motorbike rider lost his life yesterday. Max Fleet

Motorcyclist dies in crash

A MOTORCYCLIST was killed after he crashed into a guard rail on Quay Street yesterday afternoon.

The man, believed to be in his 60s, was thrown over the railing, falling about 2.5m on to bitumen.

Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said police, fire and ambulance officers were called to the scene on the corner of Quay and Toonburra streets about 3.45pm.

“A single male rider of a motorbike collided with a railing before being thrown from the machine,” Insp Guteridge said.

“Extensive attempts by Queensland Ambulance Service to revive the man at the scene were unsuccessful.”

The cream-coloured Triumph motorcycle was surrounded by debris and lay several metres from the man.

Insp Guteridge said preliminary investigations suggested speed was not a factor in the fatality.

Scenes of Crime and the Forensic Crash Unit officers investigated the scene and Insp Guteridge said investigations would be ongoing until the cause of the smash was determined.

Staff at a nearby restaurant said they heard a smash but did not see anything.

The smash marks the 11th fatal crash on Bundaberg roads this year.

Insp Guteridge said while the number of crashes was down on last year's 17, it was still a timely reminder to stay safe on the roads.

“We are about to embark on one of our busiest times of the year in respect of traffic flow,” he said.

“This is a timely reminder for motorists to drive to the conditions and be aware of what is going on around them.”

Insp Guteridge issued a specific safety warning to motorbike riders.

“I would encourage all motorists, particularly those who ride motorcycles, to exercise extra care due to the lack of protection these vehicles offer in the event of a crash,” he said.