Motorcyclists mourn mate's death

COFFS HARBOUR’S motorcycling fraternity is mourning the death of David Blagne in a freak accident on Monday.

Mr Blagne, 45, died when he was hit by a truck at the Coffs Harbour Motorcycle Club track where he was the caretaker.

The tip truck was driven by the club president, a Coffs Harbour man, 50, who had just delivered a load of soil to build up the track and was on his way out of the complex.

Police said Mr Blagne was standing about a metre from the truck, which had stopped while he and the driver spent time speaking to each other.

But as the truck slowly moved off, Mr Blagne somehow fell under the back wheels and died instantly.

Investigators at this stage still don’t know how Mr Blagne came to fall.

Paramedics were the first emergency crews on the scene and they raised the alarm with police.

Highway patrol and general duties officers soon arrived and they were followed by forensics investigators and then WorkCover officials.

The driver was taken to hospital where he was treated for shock and underwent mandatory blood and alcohol testing.

Mr Blagne’s dog was taken away by an RSPCA officer and shocked club members also arrived at the track as word spread of the tragedy.

Police are leading the investigation into the accident with the help of WorkCover and a report is now being prepared for the coroner.

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