Elderly man dies in Central West quad bike crash

Elderly man dies in quad bike crash on Clergate farm


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Emergency services were called to a property at Clergate at around 5pm on Thursday

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AN elderly man has died in a quad bike crash north of Orange, the fourth quad bike fatality in less than a fortnight.

Emergency services were called to a property at Clergate at around 5pm on Thursday.

The man, estimated to be in his 70s, was riding the quad bike on a private property when it is understood to have rolled.

Police, paramedics and the Rural Fire Service responded to the scene, but the man could not be revived.

One of the man's family members was comforted by a paramedic at the scene.

A NSW Police spokeswoman said the man's death did not have any suspicious circumstances.

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

HORROR RUN: The man is the fourth person to die in a quad bike crash in NSW in less than two weeks. Photo: FILE PHOTO

HORROR RUN: The man is the fourth person to die in a quad bike crash in NSW in less than two weeks. Photo: FILE PHOTO

The man is the fourth person to die in a quad bike crash in NSW in less than two weeks.

A six-year-old girl was killed at Pilliga in northern NSW on March 5, when the quad bike she was riding on with two other girls hit a tree.

On the same day, a 60-year-old man died at Sofala, near Bathurst, when his quad bike rolled and left him with critical injuries.

Another 60-year-old man died in a quad bike crash at Blandford in the Upper Hunter on March 11, with his body found a day later.

Transport safety experts say the deaths are a reminder that quad bikes are dangerous and even a split second of instability can catch experienced riders by surprise.

NSW Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Mick Veitch recently called for an urgent summit to stop future quad bike fatalities.

“The government needs to bring together farmers, manufacturers, medical professionals and safety experts at a summit to work out ways to stop these tragic deaths,” he said.

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