Quad bike crash injures

23:30, Sep 02 2012
Quad bike crash
Ride gone wrong: Two quad bikes crashed on the road under Wairau Bridge on State Highway 1 yesterday.

A 44-year-old man was taken to Wairau Hospital yesterday with moderate head and back injuries after a quad bike crash near Tuamarina.

The man was riding the dirt tracks under Wairau Bridge on State Highway 1 with family and friends when he hit another quad bike about 4pm and was thrown over the handlebars.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time.

The driver of the other quad bike was a child who escaped injury despite his bike rolling on top of him.

Senior Constable Brett Parkinson said he did not believe there was much speed involved in the crash.

It was simply miscommunication between the two riders, Mr Parkinson said.

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"They were out having fun on the tracks when there was a misunderstanding and they hit almost head-on," he said.

The group of family and friends went quad biking most weekends, Mr Parkinson said. He did not believe the two riders were related.

The constable was planning a recommendation for Marlborough District Council to erect signs outlining rules for quad biking in the area, he said.

"We've never had any reports of problems with quad bikes so rather than close the site off, put up some signs so people understand the rules of biking," he said. "It would be a shame to close the area off."

The Marlborough Express