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Coxs River bridgerut claimed cyclist

Nanjing Night Net

ROADSIDE TRAUMA TREATMENT: Lithgow paramedics and a CareFlight doctor combined to assist a cyclist seriously injured in an accident at SouthBowenfels yesterday.

A CYCLIST was in a serious condition in a Sydney hospital yesterday after what was described as a high speed fall while riding at South Bowenfels.

The 36-year-old man was with a group of cyclists crossing the Coxs River bridge on the McKanes Falls Road when it was reported a wheel slipped into a gap in the structure sending him out of control.

He fell heavily, suffering a severe impact to his head.

CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter arrived at the scene shortly after 10am and landed on the Dalglish private airstrip at Hartley.

The injured man was conveyed to that location by Lithgow paramedics.

The CareFlight doctor operated on the victim at the airstrip and placed him in an induced coma to stabilise him.

He was flown to Westmead Hospital where he was later described in a serious but stable condition suffering head and limb injuries.

No further details were immediately available.

Meantime it was a busy Anzac Day holiday in the local region for CareFlight with the retrieval team called back just two hours later, this time for a road accident on the highway at Wentworth Falls.

The 62-year-old woman sustained chest and back injuries in a two car collision.

She too was flown to Westmead Hospital. The accident occurred as Anzac Day holiday traffic was building up quickly on local roads and disrupted highway movement for some time.

There was another major traffic disruption mid afternoon yesterday, this time following a four car collision at the intersection of Main Street and Rifle Parade in Lithgow.

One person was reported injured in the smash which occurred when heavy holiday traffic was pouring through the area, forcing diversions around side streets.

Continuing fine weather, particularly on Sunday and Monday, attracted large crowds into the area and Lithgow food outlets were kept exceptionally busy

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