Whanganui business owner injured

By Laurel Stowell

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Myles Fothergill is expected to make a full recovery after his motorcycle accident. PHOTO/ FILE
Myles Fothergill is expected to make a full recovery after his motorcycle accident. PHOTO/ FILE

The owner of one of Whanganui's biggest businesses is recovering in hospital after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.

Myles Fothergill, the owner of Q-West Boat Builders, was testing his Ducatti 1299 Superbike on the track at Manfeild in Feilding on Friday when the accident happened.

He said he doesn't race, but has spent a lot of time riding on race tracks on track days and training days.

He was rounding a corner fast when the throttle didn't close properly and he couldn't turn. He and another rider collided.

"I had to basically throw the bike away," he said.

He smashed into a concrete wall. The other rider fell off, but was largely uninjured.

Mr Fothergill broke five ribs, some of them in multiple places. One lung was punctured, and his collarbone was broken. He also broke two vertebrae, one in his neck and one in his back.

His injuries would have been worse if he had not been wearing a lot of protective clothing, he said.

He was taken to Palmerston North Hospital by ambulance, x-rayed and scanned and made to lie flat until he had been assessed.

Doctors decided no surgery was needed, and he's been told he will make a full recovery. He's been up and walking, and was transferred to Whanganui Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

He was pleased with the change, and said Whanganui was a great hospital compared to other regional centres.

Doctors have predicted he may be in hospital for two to three months, but he said another week might see him recovered enough to leave.

"I'm not going to do anything silly. I just want to get better as quickly as possible without compromising anything."


He had really good people running his business and good support around him.

"So I don't need anything," he said.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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