Driver charged after car hit cyclists
Police have said a man will face court charged with multiple driving-related offences after a motor vehicle collision in the state's north coast.
About 11.30am yesterday (Saturday 19 May 2018), a white Ford Courier utility was travelling west on the Bruxner Highway, about 6km east of Drake.
Police were told the Ford collided with two cyclists, also travelling west on the Bruxner Highway.
The male cyclists, aged 28 and 49, were travelling as part of a group and both suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash.
The pair were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where they will both undergo surgery.
The 34-year-old male driver of the Ford was arrested at the scene, after allegedly returning a positive result to a roadside breath test.
He was taken to Tabulam Police Station where he returned an alleged breath analysis reading of 0.243.
During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly located an amount of cannabis.
The man's licence was suspended and he was charged with eight offences;
- Aggravated dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm x2
- Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm x2
- Negligent driving
- Drive with high-range PCA
- Alter concentration of alcohol before test
- Possess prohibited drug
He was refused bail and will appear at Lismore Local Court today (Sunday 20 May 2018).
UPDATE 7:38AM The Bruxner Hwy between Casino and Tenterfield is now open after police declared it a crime scene following a car crashing into two cyclists on Saturday morning.
UPDATE 3:07PM Crime scene officers from the Richmond Police District are still at work to determine how a single vehicle struck two cyclists just before noon on Bruxner Hwy today.
A NSW Transport Management Centre spokeswoman said the Bruxner Hwy between Casino and Tenterfield would continue remain closed.
"This part of the Bruxner Hwy will be closed until police have finished their investigation of the crime scene into how the accident occurred," she said.
UPDATE 2:38 The two cyclists who were part of a group ride and badly injured after being struck by a car are now on their way to the Gold Coast University Hospital by helicopter.
Ambulance NSW Inspector Ian Murphy said it was a "real team effort to coordinate their treatment and transport."
Insp Murphy said the two men who's aged have now been updated and confirmed to 21-years - not 18 as previously reported - and 49--years are very seriously injured,
"The first ambulance crew responded from Bonalbo within 26 minutes and they were followed just 10 minutes later by the Westpac helicopter form Lismore," he said.
"The Bonalbo ambulance crew were the first on scene and they did an outstanding job stabilising the two men."
Insp Murphy who came from Lismore to the incident said two road ambulances also attended.
"The 21-year-old man was flown by the Lismore Helicopter to the Gold Coast University Hospital and 49 man was transported to the Casino Aerodrome to rendezvous with Queensland (Helicopter) Rescue 500."
Insp Murphy said he was proud of the work undertaken by all the agancies to look after the injured riders.
"To organise such a coordinated response with two aircraft in a remote locaition was a real team effort," he said.
"All credit to the medical control centre in Sydney, the Northern Control Centre in Newcastle and to Queensland for helping out with their Rescue 500."
Insp Muprhpy said they were also grateful for NSW Police who were on scene.
UPDATE 2:29PM After extensive treatment to put them a stable condition to travel, the two cyclists hit by a car this morning on the Bruxner Hwy are now on their way to the Gold Coast University Hospital by helicopter.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter tasked two aircraft to the crash which occurred around 11.40am today.
An Ambulance NSW spokesman said the pair aged 18-years and 49-years were in a "serious to critical condition."
"They have each suffered serious leg fractures," he said.
"They are being transported now to the Gold Coast University Hospital."
UPDATE 2:08PM Drivers are being advised the Bruxner Hwy is closed in both directors between Tenterfield and Casino following a serious crash after a car struck two cyclists earlier today,
The Livetraffic.com website advises motorists in both directions to instead use the New England Hwy, the Gwydir Hwy or Summerland Way as alternative routes.
UPDATE 1:32PM A teenager hit by a car when he was cycling with friends on the Bruxner Hwy this morning is on his way to Queensland by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
A spokesman for Ambulance NSW said the the young man had suffered serious injuries.
"The 18-year-old cyclist is being transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital by the rescue helicopter," he said.
"At this stage it looks like the 49-year-old will be taken by road ambulance to meet a second helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital."
Police are still on scene at the incident which is around 6km east of Drake.
UPDATE 12:45PM: AMBULANCE NSW have confirmed two men have broken legs after being hit by a car around 11:30am today.
An Ambulance NSW media spokesman said one of the men was badly injured.
"We have two rescue helicopters on their way to the incident to attend to an 18-year-old and a 49-year old," he said.
"The 18-year-old has been seriously injured and police are at the scene."
Livetraffic.com reported east-bound traffic is affected in the arae and advise caution.
EMERGENCY services are on scene at an accident involving two cyclists hit by a vehicle on the Bruxner Hwy 6km east of Drake this morning.
The male cyclist are understood to be aged 18 and 49 years of age, each with broken bones.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has been called to transport at least one of the cyclists.
An Ambulance NSW spokesman said it understood at least two male cyclists were struck by a single vehicle.
"We have three units on their way by road and at least one chopper," he said.
More to come.