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Two motorcyclists die in separate crashes in south-east Queensland

A man has died and a woman seriously injured in a crash between a car and a motorcycle south-west of Brisbane.

Police say the motorcycle was travelling west on the Logan Motorway at Carole Park around 8pm Saturday when it collided with a hatchback travelling in the same direction near the on-ramp of the Centenary Highway.

Two motorcyclists have died in separate crashes on Saturday

Two motorcyclists have died in separate crashes on Saturday

The motorcycle rider, a 53-year-old man from North Ipswich, died at the scene.

A 48-year-old woman, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, suffered chest, leg and pelvic injuries in the crash.

She was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition for treatment.

The driver of the car, a 24-year old woman from Walloon, and her passenger, a 21-year-old man from Flinders View, were not seriously injured in the crash and were assessed at the scene by paramedics.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the crash, and are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage of the fatal incident to come forward.

The incident was the second fatal motorcycle crash in the southeast Queensland region on Saturday, with a 61-year-old rider dying in a crash in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

The motorcyclist was travelling on Bald Knob Road, Bald Knob, when he collided with a vehicle travelling the opposite direction.

The Browns Plains man died at the scene, while two 18-year-old women, the driver and passenger in the vehicle, were not injured.

The fatal crashes come just days after Queensland police issued a warning that there have been a high number of fatal traffic crashes involving motorcycles so far this year.

Including the crashes on Saturday, 23 motorcycle riders have been killed on Queensland roads in 2021, more than twice the amount than at the same time last year.

Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Ben Marcus said earlier this week that statistic was “shocking” for police and they were issuing an urgent safety call for riders.

“We need all riders, particularly those who are inexperienced, to take note and be extra careful on our roads,” Assistant Commissioner Marcus said.

“As an avid motorcyclist myself, I know how vulnerable we are as road users and I have seen firsthand how devastating the consequences can be when crashes occur.”

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