Motorbike injures cyclists

The speed a motorcyclist was travelling is being investigated by police following a crash on Crown Range Rd on Saturday afternoon.

Two male cyclists in their 50s suffered lacerations and one lost teeth when they were hit by a motorcycle carrying two people, on a bend about 6km south of Cardrona.

The injured cyclists were part of a German group of more than a dozen touring the South Island, and were heading for Arrowtown.

They were taken by St John to Lakes District Hospital, Queenstown.

The motorcyclists were part of a Dunedin group heading for Wanaka, and ultimately Haast.

Constable Aubury Martin, of Wanaka, said the motorcycle rider had a broken wrist and his female pillion passenger hurt an elbow.

Police would ‘‘definitely be looking at whether speed was a factor'' in the crash, Const Martin said.

He could not comment on whether charges would be laid.

Cyclist Gunter Barke, from Hanover, told the Otago Daily Times the two injured cyclists were about 20m behind him when the motorbike came around the corner.

‘‘From this direction there came some bikers with high speed.

‘‘And the first of them, I didn't see it, I only heard the crash. He couldn't hold his line and came to this side and he crashed [into] my friends.''

Mr Barke said one cyclist had a broken hand and the other a deep cut to a leg.

It is understood one cyclist also lost some teeth in the crash.

‘‘It's not so great. Last year I had two accidents, both with motorbikes,'' Mr Barke said.

A member of the motorcycle tour group, Jelte Buddingh, of Port Chalmers, said all he saw was the back end of a bike in front of him ‘‘slide out'' and the rider lose control.

The crash happened next to a 55kmh road sign.

Traffic was backed up several kilometres in each direction while emergency services attended to the injured.

-mark.price@odt.co.nz

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