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Biker dies on Rebels memorial ride

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BY: Nat Bromhead And Austin Kin
Source: The Morning Bulletin

Australia - A MACKAY man, who was part of a Rebels Bikie entourage on a weekend memorial ride, died in a traffic crash on the Bruce Hwy yesterday morning.

The man's motorcycle and a semi-trailer believed to be carrying a wide load, collided about 10km south of Carmila around 10am.

Shortly after the crash a spokesman from the Queensland Ambulance Service said the 42-year-old rider died at the crash scene.

A Mackay Police spokesman said the man was heading north on the Bruce Hwy and was with an entourage of Rebels Bikie members on a weekend memorial ride.

"The truck was also heading north, under a pilot escort. The two collided after the rider appeared to have lost control," he said.

One lane of the Bruce Hwy was closed at 10.30am yesterday but reopened to all traffic before 4pm.

The police spokesman said it was not known if the driver of the truck received injuries. The Forensic Crash Investigation Unit was looking into the incident.

A Rebels Motorcycle Club spokesman said the man was not part of the club.

The spokesman said Rebel Bikie members and friends from all over Queensland converged on to Rockhampton for the annual Phil Memorial Ride, commemorating a former member who had died.

The victim was with the Mackay contingent of Rebels club members returning from the memorial ride.

The Morning Bulletin understood the man was an only child.

A witness who passed the scene of the crash said there were "fairly extensive" skid marks.

"When we drove past there were about 10 bikies on the side of the road," the witness said.

"They looked concerned."

Actively campaigning to 'Fix the Bruce', George Christensen asked when will it ever stop?

Mr Christensen, the Federal member for Dawson, said without knowing the circumstances behind the latest accident, any life lost on the roads was a tragedy that needn't have occurred.

"It's also a reminder for us in the federal arena that we've got to do all we can to ensure that the Bruce Hwy is adequately funded," Mr Christensen said.

"We need to improve safety for motorists driving it or motorcyclists riding it."


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