Rider plunges to death

By DARRYN NUFER

A MOTORCYCLIST plunged 20 metres down an embankment to his death after his machine veered off the Burnett Highway, about 20km west of Mount Morgan, on Saturday.

The 46-year-old Gladstone man was travelling south towards Dululu, about 11.30am, when the accident happened.

Central Region Traffic Co-ordinator Inspector Lyle Mitchell said it appeared the rider had attempted to overtake a vehicle on the 100kmh stretch and lost control.

"He's gone over the edge and fallen about 20 metres into the dry (Oakey Creek) bed,'' Inspector Mitchell said.

He said the man had suffered extensive internal injuries and a possible broken neck.

His name had not been released.

Police were still investigating the cause of the accident.

The death was one of two involving motorcyclists in Queensland at the weekend.

A 33-year-old man died when his machine and a four-wheel drive collided at Logan Village, south of Brisbane, about 5.15pm on Saturday.

Central Queensland's annual road toll stands at 21. A well-known elderly Jambin couple were killed last Wednesday after their vehicle and a truck collided on the Dawson Highway, near Biloela.

Inspector Mitchell said for some unknown reason, July was traditionally a bad month on CQ roads.

"In July last year, six people were killed and we've already had three deaths this year,'' he said.



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