The rider of this motorbike was killed at the intersection of Bridge Rd and Goldsmith St and three people in the Commodore were injured, one seriously.
The rider of this motorbike was killed at the intersection of Bridge Rd and Goldsmith St and three people in the Commodore were injured, one seriously. Tony Martin

Motorcyclist dies in crash on Bridge Rd in Mackay

A MOTORBIKE rider was killed and a 19-year-old critically injured when a powerful Yamaha road bike and a late model blue Commodore collided in East Mackay about 5.40pm today.

The 19-year-old is expected to be transferred to Townsville hospital overnight.

A 14-year-old boy and a 53-year-old man, who were passengers in the sedan, are in a stable condition.

The impact at the intersection of Bridge Road and Goldsmith Street tore the bike apart, leaving debris strewn along the west-bound lane of Bridge Road.

The driver's side of the west-bound Commodore bore the brunt of the collision. The badly damaged sedan ended up wedged astride rocks in the front garden of a house in Bridge Rd, just along from the intersection.

It was an alarming scene for residents and other drivers who ran to the crash on what had been a lazy Sunday afternoon. It was quickly apparent nothing could be done to help the rider, who died at the scene.

An injured youth taken from the car lay on the front lawn while Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews cut away sections of the Commodore to free the injured driver and a rear seat passenger.

Shocked residents could only watch the confronting scene that was taking place on their front yard.

Barry and Bev Smith's home is right at the intersection and the couple had been watching television when they heard the loud noise of an impact just moments after their attention was first caught by the sound of a motorbike.

They ran outside to find pieces of motorbike debris in the roadside gutter and on their front driveway, and the Commodore stranded in their neighbour's garden.

"This is terrible so close to Christmas, someone has to tell their families," Mrs Smith said.

Mr Smith said people had run from passing cars to try to help.

"We've lived here since 1991 and there have been a lot of accidents at the intersection.

"I don't recall another fatality," he said.



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