Tradie faces court over fatal M1 ladder crash

A Gold Coast tradie has faced court over an accident on the M1 last year that claimed the life of a motorcyclist.

Brodie Troy Smith, 40, was allegedly driving his ute on the motorway in Nerang on November 2 when a ladder fell off the back and onto the roadway.

Craig Ward, 53, was riding his motorbike behind him and was forced to take evasive action to avoid the ladder.


When he swerved, he was struck by another vehicle, suffering fatal injuries.

Smith appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.

He did not enter a plea and was remanded to reappear in court on May 20.