Rider killed at Timaru race track

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 20:22 08/12/2012
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REMOVAL: A tow truck leaves the Timaru International Motor Raceway with a covered bike after a rider was killed on the track.

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A Canterbury man in his 40s has been killed and a second injured during a motorcycle race accident at the Timaru International Motor Raceway at Levels.

The man was in a group of riders when the accident happened about midday at meeting run under the auspices of Motorcycling New Zealand.

He died at the scene. A second man was taken to Timaru Hospital's emergency department with serious chest injuries, a St John spokesman said. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition.

Police are investigating but details are sketchy. The rider was competing in a race when the accident happened at Castrol Corner.

Constable Tim Hartnell said it appeared that a motorcycle and rider may have collided.

The investigation is still in an early phase but a name is expected to be released tonight.

The death has been referred to the coroner.

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