Two motorcyclists suffer serious injuries
EVAN HARDING AND NEIL RATLEY
Burt Munro Challenge
A Mataura motorcyclist who was seriously injured in an Oreti Beach crash during the Burt Munro Challenge faces a long road to recovery.
David Glover was knocked unconscious following the Friday night crash and underwent emergency surgery for internal injuries in Southland Hospital.
Speaking from his hospital bed yesterday, Mr Glover said he was in intensive care after copping a "handlebar to the guts" when he crashed.
He also had a smashed knee, broken arm and degloved finger.
Surgeons would operate on his broken bones tomorrow, he said.
The crash was the result of another rider hitting him, he said.
"The other rider cut across in front of me.
"He never held his line."
An experienced motorcycle rider who is active in speedway and drag racing, he was racing his Harley Davidson on the beach at the time of the crash.
"This was my third beach race attempt, it was going to be my last year anyway . . . but I will be back on the Harley as soon as I can."
A family member said Mr Glover was in a lot of pain "and on morphine and all sorts of things".
Mr Glover's wife had been at his bedside since the accident, the family member said.
"He was in a very rough way, recovery is going to take a long time."
Meanwhile popular Australian rider Doug Wood suffered a serious back injury when he crashed his Yamaha in the second round of Formula III class event at the Wyndham Street Races yesterday.
Wood was in visible pain as he was lifted off the track and into an ambulance
An ambulance communications spokesman confirmed a man was taken to Southland Hospital with serious back injuries and was in a serious condition.
The hospital duty manager said Wood was last night in the critical care unit in a serious condition.
- The Southland Times