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MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN FATAL CRASH WITH SUV – HUNTER VALLEY

Emergency services were called to Great North Road, Bucketty (40km north-west of Somersby), about 4.30pm (Sunday 23 February 2020), responding to reports of a crash involving a motorcycle and SUV.

Officers from Hunter Valley Police District were told a man was riding north and a Mitsubishi SUV was being driven south, when the crash occurred in the southbound lane.

The SUV left the road, crashing down a ravine trapping the driver, while the motorcyclist was thrown down the same ravine.

Paramedics were winched by helicopter down the ravine to the injured motorcyclist; however, he died a short time after being brought up to the roadway.

He is believed to have been aged 59 and from Mardi.

A 44-year-old woman, from Paxton, was released from the wreckage of her SUV and escaped with relatively minor injuries.

She was taken to Wyong Hospital for mandatory testing.