GP fighting for his life after bicycle crash at Alstonville
POPULAR Alstonville GP Nigel Chamberlain is fighting for his life in the Gold Coast University Hospital after a serious cycling crash yesterday morning.
Lismore police acting inspector Mat Johnson said Dr Chamberlain, an experienced cyclist, was riding down a steep hill on Dillons Lane, Alstonville, when a neighbour reported he lost control of the bike just before 7.30am.
Act Insp Johnson said a local resident told police there were no other vehicles involved in the incident and the road was dry.
"Dillons Lane is a very steep road when you are heading south and there is a little S-bend in it," he said.
"A witness said he hit the gutter, left the roadway and collided with some small saplings and slid down an embankment next to a creek."
Police, paramedics, NSW Fire and Rescue Alstonville Brigade, SES and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended the scene.
The helicopter landed in the cul-de-sac at the end of Dillons Lane and Dr Chamberlain was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.
A nearby resident, who did not want to be named, said Dr Chamberlain crashed within 600 metres of his home, on a road he had ridden many times before.
"He was coming down the hill pretty fast is what I was told," the resident said.
The Alstonville man, who has known Dr Chamberlain for more than 10 years, said he was a well-known and loved member of the community.
"He loves his cycling. He goes out quite often with his wife cycling."
The resident said if the speed limits in the area were not reduced from 100km/h, it was only a matter of time before someone was killed.
"Many cyclists ride along Dillons Lane and Gap Road all the time, and I have seen several near misses," he said.
"The speed limit needs to be reduced from 100km/h, otherwise it will be only a matter of time until a cyclist is killed."
Late yesterday Dr Chamberlain remained in a critical condition, in an induced coma, in Gold Coast University Hospital.