Woman undergoes surgery after motorbike crash

A BALLINA woman has undergone surgery after a car collided with the motorcycle she was riding on the Bruxner Highway at Alstonville.

Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Nicole Bruce said emergency services were called to the Bruxner Highway at Alstonville at about 5.20pm after reports of a collision between a car and a motorcycle.

"A Mazda 3 hatchback was at the giveway sign on Ballina Rd at Alstonville indicating to turn right onto the Bruxner Highway to travel west to Lismore," she said.

"The Mazda entered the intersecton failing to see the motorcyclist and the front of the vehicle has collided with the left leg of the rider."

"This caused the bike to slide about eight metres and the rider to fall."

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said paramedics treated the female motorcycle rider at the scene before transporting her to Lismore Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition with a suspected fractured leg.

Insp Bruce said the 53-year-old rider had surgery last night on her left leg.

"She has also had exploratory chest surgery to check that there was no internal bleeding."

"She is in ICU at the moment recovering."

Police are still investigating the incident and are appealing for any witnesses to contact Ballina police on 6681 8699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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