Crashing new dirt bike leads to chopper ride
UPDATE TUESDAY: A broken rib, fractured collarbone, a partially collapsed lung and some internal bleeding turned Dan Croston's first ride on his new motorbike on Saturday into a helicopter trip to hospital.
Mr Croston was riding on a dirt track at Palmvale, about 45 minutes from Gladstone, when his back wheel struck a rock.
Travelling about 50kmh he flew over the handlebars.
"You don't have time to even think about it," he said.
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The 21-year-old is still in the Rockhampton Hospital following the incident, which created a number of "first times" for Mr Croston - a first fall from a dirt bike, his first broken bone and his first helicopter ride.
He said on his next helicopter trip, he hoped it was not with the RACQ Capricorn Rescue.
"I didn't get to see much but it wasn't too bad. I'd definitely want to go in one (helicopter) again," he said.
He hopes to go home to Boyne Island this afternoon.
"It was my first time riding for about a year... I only bought the bike last weekend," he said.
MONDAY: A man was airlifted from Palmvale Trails motorbike park south-west of Gladstone after an accident on Saturday afternoon.
RACQ Capricorn Rescue attended the scene of the dirt bike accident.
The 21-year-old man from Boyne Island fell from his dirt bike while riding with friends.
He was airlifted to Rockhampton in stable condition with possible multiple fractured ribs and numerous other minor injuries.