Spine injury for motocross rider
A TEENAGE motocross rider from Macksville is being treated for serious spinal injuries after an accident while racing at South Grafton on Sunday.
Eighteen-year-old Scott Sheather was competing in the North Coast Motorcross Series at Gnudwoc Park when the crash occurred.
An official from the South Grafton Ex-Services Motor Cycle Club who witnessed the crash, said the young rider went over a low level jump and landed heavily on his front wheel which caused his bike’s handlebars to snap and the throttle to be stuck on.
“He had had no steering control and he couldn’t lay it down,” the official said.
He said Mr Sheather’s bike then careered off the course at speed before the uneven ground caused the bike to fall over.
Grafton Ambulance took Mr Sheather to Grafton Base Hospital.
He was later taken by helicopter to Princess Alexandra hospital, Brisbane.
The official, who asked not to be named, offered the club’s concerns to Mr Sheather’s family.
“It’s one of the worst incidents I have seen,” he said.
“It doesn’t appear that the rider was at fault, it was a mechanical failure.”