Biker crashes on way to rally

REBECCA RYAN
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2011

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A crash near the Lindis Pass ended the Burt Munro Challenge dream of one man after it left him in hospital with broken legs and a smashed knee.

Graham White, of Twizel, was heading to Invercargill on Thursday for the Challenge when his 750 Honda and a car collided on a sharp corner about 10 kilometres south of the Lindis Pass.

His brother, Bruce, also of Twizel, was about 20 metres behind and saw the crash.

"I heard the noise of the crash then came around the corner and saw the accident. It was horrible ... I did not want to see that".

His 52-year-old brother was "very lucky" to be travelling at such a slow speed around the corner, he said.

"It's a really tight corner so he was going pretty slow. Who knows what would have happened if he was going faster."

Bruce and a friend continued to Invercargill for their third Burt Munro Challenge, while Graham was flown to Dunedin Hospital by rescue helicopter.

"He's lying in Dunedin Hospital absolutely gutted he couldn't make it down."

Bruce said his brother was a keen biker who had been enjoying his first trip down to the Challenge.

The crash was "really bad luck" because Graham was "new to the biking game" and it was unlikely he would ever ride again, Bruce said.

His brother was likely to be in Dunedin Hospital for at least a fortnight, he said.

"They have to wait for the swelling to go down before they can do anything."

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