Gold Coast motorcyclist killed after trying to avoid fallen ladder on M1

UPDATE @ 11.00AM | Investigations are underway, after a motorcyclist was killed on the M1 this morning.

The 53-year-old Gold Coast man was travelling in the northbound lanes through Nerang, when a ladder fell from the ute in front of him just before 6.00am.

Senior Sergeant Chris Tritton says the motorcyclist was trying to dodge the ladder, when the tragedy occurred.


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“The motorbike rider has been struck or come into an uncontrollable situation and has lost control of his motorcycle.

“Unfortunately at the scene, another vehicle has come into contact with the rider and he sustained fatal injuries,” Sergeant Tritton said.

Police shut down the M1 around the site, with other motorists diverted while paramedics worked desperately to revive the man.

Dion Marr from Queensland Ambulance says the man died at the scene.

“Unfortunately due to the injuries sustained for the patient at the scene, after valiant attempts, unfortunately our crews were unable to revive that patient.

“It’s a tragic start to the week and we’d like to extend our regards to the patient’s friends and family,” Mr Marr said.

Police have confirmed that they are speaking with the driver of the ute, which had lost the ladder.

“The forensic crash unit attended and they are investigating, unfortunately due to the large scene and the amount of vehicles, it’s a very complicated incident to investigate.

“We’ve also located the vehicle that we believe may have been travelling ahead of the accident with the step ladder and police are speaking to that vehicle owner as well.

“That person did contact police, to believe that they lost an item.  So they’ve come forward, and we thank them for that.

“And police have attended another address off the M1 to speak to that driver,” Sergeant Tritton said.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the accident and may have dash cam footage of the incident, or any vehicle on the M1 travelling with an unsecured load, is being asked to come forward.

While Queensland Police is urging tradies, and all motorists, to ensure their load is secure before getting on the roads.

“As we know, the M1 at this time of day is full of tradies, and even just regular motorists travelling up and down to Brisbane.

“There’s lots of tools, lots of implements, and it’s your responsibility to secure your load every day before set off on the trip.

“Not just if it was secured when you finished on the job yesterday, because anything can happen overnight,” Sergeant Tritton said.

Investigations are continuing.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

EARLIER @ 7.00AM | There are now grave fears for a motorcyclist, after a horror crash on the M1 this morning.

Emergency services rushed to exit 71 in Nerang just before 6.00am, following reports multiple cars were involved in a pile up.

It’s understood a ladder had fallen off a ute, which caused the crash involving a motorbike.

Paramedics remain on scene with a ‘critical’ patient, but have not yet transported them to hospital.

No other injuries have been reported at this stage.

Motorists are being warned of lengthy delays, and are being urged to avoid the area.

EARLIER @ 6.30AM | Motorists are being warned to avoid the M1 northbound, after a massive crash around exit 71.

It’s understood as many as six vehicles are involved in the pile up, including a motorbike. It happened just before 6.00am.

Paramedics, police and fire fighters are all on scene.

Police are advising motorists that exit 71 has been closed, and to use exit 69 instead.

The condition of the motorcyclists is still unknown.

Delays are now back to Worongary.

EARLIER @ 6.00am | Motorists are being warned of huge delays on the M1 this morning, after a nasty car crash involving motorbike.

The collision happened just before 6.00am in the northbound lanes through Nerang, involving as many as four cars.

The crash has held up all lanes of traffic, with delays currently stretching back towards Highland Park.

Emergency services have been called to the scene.

The condition of those involved is currently unknown.

More to come.

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this is really sad reading this, he probably said if he had a wife ” I’ll see you this afternoon bye” and then he gets killed by a ladder on a motorway

So manslaughter charges for the tradie with the ladder then?

You know what a legal system is like… A “slap on the wrist” will do the trick.

Very very sad. RIP mate

Another day, another insecure load on the M1… I quite literally see 2-3 loads all over the road on a “typical” week and on a bad week, it can be as many as 5-6 loads (many of which are ladders).

And yet, nothing ever changes.

Truckies get a HUGE fine for insecure loads – so why does the same not apply to tradies?

This piece of s#*t tradie should be charged with involuntary manslaughter… But we all know he’ll just get a “slap on the wrist”.

I hope this coward saw the face of the motorcyclist, and remembers it for the rest of his life…

Absolutely tragic situation for all affected by this. It is always wise to have the situation investigated before letting loose on someone, without knowing the full facts. Yes, loads should absolutely be secured, so let the police get all the facts and investigate, then the next steps can be taken.

If the ladder fell off, then it is by definition not secured. The tradie should absolutely be locked up for this.

Queenslanders voted back in this irresponsible government.
Don’t expect the legal system to do much about it.
Police do a great job but are let down by the softly softly laws of this State.
You still need to put your lives at risk every time you get behind the wheel.