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Rider dies in two-bike collision

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A motorcyclist has died and another is being airlifted to hospital following a collision between two bikes in Shepparton East this morning (4 May 2019).

Victorian Police say the two motorbikes collided on Coach Road near the Midland Highway just after 12.30am.

One male rider, who is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene.

It brings the number of motorcycle riders who have died in Victoria so far this year to 23, compared with 14 by the same time last year.

The other rider, a male teenager, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the exact circumstances surrounding the collision are yet to be established and the investigation remains ongoing.

Coach Road was closed southbound between the Midland Highway and Channel Road.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, has dash cam footage or may have seen the two bikes prior to the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers online or phone 1800 333 000.

Victorian Police are working an extra 300 shifts to increase patrols of the state’s rural roads after the tragic start to the year.

Operation Kinetic features priority areas including Bendigo, Dandenong, Epping and Shepparton.

Condolences to the family and friends of the rider who passed away and best wishes to the other rider for a speedy recovery.