A MOTORCYCLIST has been injured after crashing his bike while swerving to avoid hitting a fox on a highway south of Sydney.
It happened on the Princes Highway near Gerringong, south of Woollongong on Tuesday morning.
Police said the motorcyclist lost control and crashed after swerving to miss a fox near the Crooked River Winery turn off at Willow Vale around 5.10am.
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An oncoming car then smashed into the man’s motorbike “causing a fire to break out”, police said.
Miraculously, the male rider was not seriously hurt in the crash and did need to be taken to hospital.
He was treated by paramedics at the scene for only minor injuries.
Just hours earlier, a motorcyclist was killed after colliding with a kangaroo on the M4 in Sydney’s west, 150km away.
It happened in the westbound lanes of the motorway at Claremont Meadows, 10km east of Penrith, around 1.20am.
Police said the motorcyclist hit the roo near the Mamre Road off-ramp and was “pushed into the centre railing on impact”.
The rider was found critically injured at the scene however died of his injuries before he could be taken to hospital.
Police said the kangaroo’s body was found nearby.