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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Fatal Pleystowe Motorcycle Crash Under Investigation

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred on Pleystowe Connection Road in Mackay on January 10.

Initial investigations indicate the rider, a 27-year-old Beaconsfield man, was riding as part of a group when he collided with a trailer attached to a vehicle travelling north just after 1.40pm on the John Cook Bridge.

Police confirmed that the rider was a learner rider, travelling with a group of learner riders who were under instruction at the time of the incident.

“The other riders and members of the public came to his aid, however he succumbed to his injuries at the scene,” a police spokesperson said.

The rider was travelling south at the time of the accident on the dual-purpose bridge which also has railway lines on the southbound lane. There was heavy rain which police said may have been a factor.

Pleystowe Connection Road was closed for several hours as investigators carried out their work and traffic was diverted.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have relevant dash-camera footage, or CCTV from the area, to contact them.

Investigations are ongoing.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24 hours per day at or call 131 444.

Pleystowe Bridge. Photo credit: Amanda Wright

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