Helmet saves rider in head-on

Last updated 09:58 24/01/2014

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A 42-year-old Blenheim man riding a motorbike was protected by his helmet after a strong gust of wind pushed him into the path of an oncoming car, police say.

The man was taken to hospital with serious back and pelvic injuries after a head-on collision with a car at the base of the Weld Pass about 7.10am yesterday.

He was transferred from Wairau Hospital, in Blenheim, to Wellington Hospital yesterday afternoon.

A hospital spokeswoman said this morning the man had been discharged.

Sergeant Mark Kirkwood, of Blenheim, said the motorcyclist was coming down a hill when a strong gust of wind pushed him across the centre line and in front of an oncoming car heading south.

The full-faced helmet he was wearing most likely saved him from a serious or fatal head injury, Kirkwood said.

"It's a timely reminder to all riders to check the condition of their helmet. If it's been dropped or been in an accident, it should always be replaced."

The man headbutted the windscreen and was flung over the car. He landed under the guard rail, Kirkwood said.

The driver of the car, a 63-year-old Marlborough man, had minor abrasions to his head but did not require hospital treatment.

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