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Rider dies after hitting guide post

Guide post

A 39-year-old man has died after his motorcycle hit a guide post near Tamworth about 4pm yesterday (17 July 2020).

The accident happened on Mooni Gap Road, near Upper Moore Creek Road, Moore Creek, about 20km north of Tamworth.

Police were told the rider was thrown from the motorcycle after it struck the reflector guide post.

The rider was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics, before being taken to Tamworth Base Hospital where he died a short time later.

Our sincere condolences to the riders family and friends.

Officers from Oxley Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Roadside hazards

The incident highlights the dangers of roadside hazards to motorcyclists.

A 2017 United Nations road safety report recommended roadside hazards be removed as they are a proven cause of serious motorcycle crash injuries and deaths.

The 108-page World Health Organisation “Powered two- and three-wheeler safety” report says a motorcycle crash with a fixed roadside hazard is 15 times more likely to be fatal than a crash on the ground with no physical contact with a fixed hazard.

They also increase the severity of injuries in such crashes, it says.

Read about the report here.