Trail bike accident near Dargo

A 46-YEAR-old man was airlifted to Melbourne with serious injuries after a trail bike accident near Dargo on Saturday.

The man was riding with a friend near Lower Dargo Rd about 3.15pm when he lost control and collided with a tree. He suffered serious fractures to both arms and a leg, and was transported to Bairnsdale to be stabilised before being airlifted.

Wellington Highway Patrol Sergeant Luke Banwell said the incident was a reminder to anyone thinking about going trail bike riding.

“With the weather improving, if you’re venturing up bush with a trail bike then be mindful of the hazardous nature of the recreational activity,” he said.

“It can turn out to be a bad day very quickly, if you’re riding in excess of your abilities, if you’re new to it, or you’re pulling the boots on for the first time in a while.”

He added 27 per cent of serious injury collisions in Wellington Shire were attributed to trail bike accidents, and fatalities across Gippsland were common.

Riders should always make sure other people are aware of where they’re going, bring appropriate safety gear, and understand the terrain before setting out.

Wellington Highway Patrol also has personal locator beacons that can be borrowed for free for anyone heading to the High Country.