Farm worker injured in motorbike crash

A 43-year-old man was taken to hospital with suspected spinal injuries after a motorbike crash near Tuturau yesterday.

Fire Communications southern shift manager Karl Patterson said emergency services were called to Lauderdale Bush Rd at 6.20am.

Sergeant Greg Ballantyne, of Gore, said the man, a dairy farm worker, had been moving a fence or stock about 4am yesterday. People became concerned when he did not return and he was found injured in a gully.

It appeared the man had come off his motorbike.

He was taken to Southland Hospital by helicopter, with a fractured leg and suspected spinal injuries.

The incident has been referred to Worksafe New Zealand.

Ambulance southern communications acting team manager Brendan McInnes said no other vehicles were involved.

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.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

The Southland Times