Northern Star: ‘A hectic incident, like a scene of mass casualty’

(6 Dec)

NSW Police confirmed a group of cyclists collided with a police motorcyclist,  with nine riders and a police officer involved in the incident.

A police spokeswoman said the police motorcyclist was conducting traffic duties for the event.

Inspector Grant Prendergast, from NSW Ambulance, said five crews attended the incident.

“This was a hectic incident to arrive at – it was like a scene of mass casualty with people and parts of their bikes strewn all along the road,” he said.

“Our paramedics had to triage multiple patients with multiple injuries quickly to ensure the best treatment possible was provided”

“Controlling the scene in vital in these sorts of situations and all the emergency services worked incredibly well together in order to do this”

Five NSW ambulance crews, including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, were dispatched to the scene

Eight patients were treated for various injuries, with one rider airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition after he was treated for significant leg fractures.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter confirmed the male patient, of age unknown, was flown to the Gold Coast after “being placed in a medically induced coma, suffering multiple injuries, including a head injury.”

Four other patients were treated for lacerations, abrasions and other suspected limb fractures and were taken to Tweed Hospital in a stable condition.

Two patients with minor injuries was assessed by a first aid team and taken to Murwillumbah Hospital in a stable condition.

The (police) motorbike rider was treated for a suspected wrist fracture.

There was no official comment on the exact cause of the crash, although Australian Cycling Insider Police published a tweet this morning saying “moto (sic) was there to stop a car reversing on to the course who had ignored directions from others”.

National Road Series organisers were contacted for comment.

Update 10am: One man has been airlifted to the Gold Coast Hospital after a crash during a bicycle race this morning.

NSW Police confirmed about 7.20am today,  emergency services were called to Eviron Road, Eviron, following reports multiple cyclist had been injured during an event.

“Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District and NSW Ambulance Paramedics attended,” a spokeswoman said.

“At least seven cyclists are being treated at the scene for various injuries.”

National Road Series has confirmed via social media that the women’s race will go ahead and is about to start.

Original story: AT least eight people are understood to have been injured in a crash at a bicycle race in the Far North Coast this morning.

The incident happened just before 7.15am near Murwillumbah, where a series of races organised by the National Road Series (NRS) were taking place.

The exact location of the crash has not been confirmed by emergency services.

The NRS confirmed via social media that the men’s race had been called off. There is no official confirmation of any other changes to the racing schedule.

Unconfirmed information posted on social media by sports organisations indicated that competitors may have ran into the rear of a parked police motorbike at high speed.

The incident seems to have happened during the opening lap of the men’s race.

“Riders angry, injured and sad at the crash site,” said tweet by Australian Cycling Insider.

It’s understood multiple ambulance crews were called to the site and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was also in attendance.

The AusCycling NRS 2020 hosted 100 riders from 21 men and women’s teams in the Tweed Region for nine days of racing.

The nine-day series will feature road races, criteriums in addition to both teams and individual time trials.

Today was the last day of the series.

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