Motorcyclist, driver hurt in crashes

Last updated 11:56 07/02/2014

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A man has suffered a fractured lower leg and possible spinal injuries after a motorbike crash near Tuturau this morning.

Initial reports were that a car and motorbike had collided on the Lauderdale Bush Rd at 6.20am.

Fire Communications southern shift manager Karl Patterson said emergency services arrived to find a person at the bottom of a gully and a landing zone was set up for a helicopter.

Ambulance southern communications acting team manager Brendan McInnes said it was a single motorbike crash and no other vehicles were involved.

A man, in his 20s, came off his motorbike on a public road and on to a farm. He suffered a fractured lower leg and possible spinal injuries, he said.

He was flown to Southland Hospital by the Otago Rescue Helicopter.

Six minutes later emergency services were called to a second crash on the Winton-Wreys Bush Highway after reports a vehicle had rolled.

The vehicle was blocking the road and traffic was redirected.

The male driver suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Southland Hospital, Mr McInnes said.

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