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.


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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.

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