Motorcyclist still in serious condition

21:57, Feb 27 2014

A motorcylist who collided with a truck and trailer carrying a digger on the Rimutaka Hill Road on Thursday remains in a serious condition in Wellington Hospital's intensive care unit. 

The motorcyclist, estimated to be aged in his 50s, suffered  injuries which included multiple fractures to his right arm and "very severe" damage to his lower right leg, according to Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman Daniel Paul. 

He was flown to Wellington Hospital by helicopter following the crash, which left his bike lying mangled on the hill road.

Featherston fire station chief Colin McKenna said it was not apparent who was at fault in the crash.

The motorcyclist, who was riding uphill appeared to have collided with the truck's trailer which was carrying a small digger, Mr McKenna said.

The motorcyclist appeared conscious and was lying on the road when emergency services arrived.

"He was pretty lucky, I think, the medics came along pretty early in the piece and helped him. He was certainly in a lot of pain and had some pretty good injuries, I would say," Mr McKenna said.


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