Quad bike death

By Sam Hurley

A 50-year-old man was killed after his quad bike trailer detached and rolled down a ditch on Porangahau Rd yesterday afternoon.

Waipukurau Police said the man, who ended up in the roadside ditch with the trailer, was driving the bike and trailer when the tragedy occurred just before 5pm.

Early reports suggested the trailer unhooked from the quad bike resulting in the bike losing control on the tar sealed road.

A St John Ambulance spokesman said ambulances from Waipukurau and Porangahau were dispatched to the scene, about 3km from Porangahau, where the man was initially believed to be critically injured.

The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter was also dispatched but was sent back to base after the man was declared deceased by medical staff on arrival.

Serious Crash Unit Senior Constable Cory Ubels said his investigators had been notified and were at the scene, but said further details of the accident would not become clear until this morning.

Fire personnel also assisted in the crash scene and provided portable high powered lights for the SCU to continue their investigation into the night.

Police said there were no other vehicles involved and Central Hawke's Bay funeral services had been notified.

In November last year 64-year-old Porangahau farmer Lance Renall lay dead for over an hour on his 565-hectare sheep and beef farm before his wife discovered his body underneath the quad bike. He was out gathering firewood when the quad bike tipped and crushed him.

ACC figures show that nearly 430 injury claims relating to accidents involving all terrain vehicles had been lodged in Hawke's Bay over the past three years. Every year on average five people die and 850 are injured while riding quad bikes on farms in New Zealand.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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