Serious motorcycle crash
A 44-year-old Blenheim man riding a motorbike suffered serious leg and hand injuries after a crash near St Arnaud, about 100 kilometres southwest of Blenheim, yesterday.
Tasman highway patrol acting Sergeant Peter Carmody said the man was riding as part of a group on State Highway 63 when he collided with another rider, a 49-year-old woman also from Blenheim, at the Tophouse Rd intersection about 11am.
Police from Murchison, highway patrol and a serious crash unit from Blenheim were at the scene.
Both motorbikes have been impounded while police investigate the crash, Mr Carmody said.
The road was closed for 45-minutes while the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter landed.
The man was flown to Nelson Hospital in a serious condition. The female rider was taken to Nelson Hospital by St John ambulance.
The crash was part of a worrying trend of serious motorbike accidents in the Tasman policing region in the past six months, Mr Carmody said.
"Groups of motorcyclists are travelling too close together and we're seeing buddies going into buddies," he said.
"Today is another example of experienced guys riding motorbikes too close. In the event of something going wrong, they can't stop in time."
- The Marlborough Express