Five riders were rushed to hospital after a sickening incident in the North Queensland city of Townsville earlier today, the driver of a vehicle running down the riders before fleeing the scene.
Queensland Police reported two of the riders were in Townsville Base Hospital, both in a critical condition, with the other three cyclists also transported to hospital.
The Queensland Ambulance Service said the victims include – a woman in her 50s with a leg injury, a women in her 50’s with minor injuries, a woman in her 40s with leg and pelvic injuries, a man aged 50 with back injuries and a 30yo male with a back injury.
Horrific images of the scene show bikes strewn along the road, a section of Dalrymple Rd with a clearly marked bike lane.
Update From Queensland Police
Inspector Damien Crosby of Townsville Police said the vehicle was not stolen ( as earlier reported) and the police investigation has no link to recent property crime offences being committed across Townsville.
“Investigations are continuing by both Townsville Detectives and Investigators from the Forensic Crash Unit,” Inspector Crosby said.
“We would like to thank the public for the assistance and information provided to date.”
Police reported the vehicle was later located at Mount Louisa near Townsville with the driver still at large.
More to come.