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Rider, 26, dies after hitting tree

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A 26-year-old male rider has died after hitting a tree just after midnight last night (17 April 2020) in Ainstree Avenue, Townsville.

Queensland Police say the man was taken to Townsville University Hospital in a critical condition but sadly died a short time later.

Forensic Crash investigators are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have dash cam vision to contact police.

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It follows a tragic 24 hours on NSW roads with a rider dying late Wednesday after hitting a truck in Port Macquarie and another hitting a police car after being spotted on the wrong side of the road with the lights off about 2.30am on Thursday at Tuggerah Lakes.

The latter incident will be investigated by an independent review and information provided to the Coroner.

Anyone with information about these NSW incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or

Our sincere condolences to the riders’ families and friends.

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We sincerely hope the late-night riders were not getting their riding fix after frustration with the current travel restrictions.