Motorcyclist seriously injured after luggage becomes tangled

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a crash on the Lumsden Dipton Highway this afternoon. 

Initial enquiries by police indicate the rider’s sleeping bag become dislodged and was pulled into the wheel arch, causing the crash shortly after 1pm. 

Following the crash, police released a statement urging motorcyclists to ensure their luggage is secure while riding.

“The more gear you have the heavier the bike will be and the more difficult it can be to handle, so minimise wherever possible,” says Constable David Leach.

“We want riders to arrive safely, so make sure luggage is strapped or locked to the motorcycle in a way that it cannot accidentally fall out of place.”

Southern district police are expecting an influx of motorcyclists and vehicles travelling in the Southland, Central Otago and Otago areas before, during, and after the Burt Munro Motor Cycle Rally, which runs from the 6th-10th of February, and urge all road users to extra take care.


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