North Otago farm worker killed riding ATV

A farm worker was killed while riding a four-wheel-motorcycle on the lower Waitaki plains on Saturday - the second farm motorcycle fatality in North Otago in less than a month.

The 39-year-old woman was riding the motorcycle along a track on a Ferry Rd property when the left-hand front wheel dropped into a culvert.

The motorcycle rolled and landed on top of her and she died at the scene, Sergeant Wayne Brew said.

The woman's name has not been released as next-of-kin were yet to be notified overseas.

Police were investigating her death on behalf of the coroner.

On October 6, Matthew Richardson (10) was killed on a Georgetown dairy farm when his two-wheel 80cc machine collided with a four-wheel-drive vehicle being driven by a farm worker.

According to the New Zealand Transport Agency, apart from road crashes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are the single most common cause of work-related fatalities in New Zealand.

Yesterday, Sergeant Tony Woodbridge, of Oamaru, urged people to take care when riding ATVs on farms.


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