Motorcyclist badly hurt in remote crash

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 14/12/2012

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A man from Malaysia was flown to Southland Hospital with serious injuries after crashing his motorcycle near Te Anau Downs yesterday afternoon.

Constable Glen Matheson, of Te Anau, said the man, 53, had been on his way from Queenstown to Milford Sound on a Harley-Davidson.

He had been travelling with a friend, who was on another Harley-Davidson and carrying a passenger.

The man had misjudged a right-hand bend at Boyd Creek on State Highway 94, near Te Anau Downs, he said.

He drifted into a grass verge, hitting a fence and becoming entangled in the wire.

Mr Matheson said a person at the scene had to drive 20 kilometres to make the phone call for help. However, a passing St John paramedic provided assistance until a medical crew arrived an hour later.

A Southern Lakes helicopter flew the man to Southland Hospital in Invercargill.

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