Biker fights for his life after collision
By JURIS GRANEY
TRAFFIC always meanders to a halt near the Lawrence approach of the ferry, but this time it wasn't out of courtesy, it was because of the three police cars with lights flashing.
Uniformed officers waved drivers past a jet black motorbike lying on its side on the corner of Merton and Grafton streets, each person in the passing vehicles craned their necks to peruse the damage.
The left handlebar had gouged a track into the bitumen several metres long. The bike was left facing up Merton Street, but there was little other visible damage.
The officers would not say what happened.
All who passed the scene shook their heads in disbelief, none of them, however, knew the rider was at that time lying in the emergency department at Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition, doctors working furiously to save his life.
Less than an hour earlier the Westpac Rescue Lifesaver Helicopter had navigated a tight landing at the intersection to whisk the critically injured rider away.
It was a 'hot load', meaning instead of shutting down the helicopter, the crew plonked it down, loaded the man on, and sped away, such was the seriousness of his head injuries.
It took 20 minutes to get him to Lismore.
It is understood that at about 2pm the motorbike and a car collided, but no further details were available late yesterday afternoon.
A Westpac helicopter spokesman said: "It was a very quick stop.
"It had to be because his injuries were so severe, it only took us 20 minutes to get to the Lismore helipad and he was taken straight to the hospital where they are working on him as we speak."
Late yesterday the man remained in a critical condition.