Five riders hospitalised during first leg of NT off-road motorbike rally
The CareFlight helicopter made two trips to Maryfield Station on Saturday. (Supplied: KTM Australia/Wilkinson Photography)
Six motorbike riders are injured and five hospitalised after a series of crashes during the first leg of an off-road rally south of Darwin.
On Saturday the CareFlight Top End Rescue Helicopter and Air Ambulance made two trips to the KTM Australia Adventure Rallye at Maryfield Station, about 500 kilometres south of Darwin,
In the first collision, one man sustained pelvic injuries while the other received, chest, shoulder and leg injuries.
After transferring the patients to Katherine, who were then taken to the Royal Darwin Hospital by plane, the helicopter returned to the station to help four more injured riders.
Three men were transferred to the Darwin hospital, while one with minor injuries continued riding.
CareFlight general manager Craig Gibbons said he had been in touch with rally organisers because he was “naturally a little bit alarmed with the accident rate”.
“They do have a well-written critical incident management plan that they’ve been following but I don’t think anyone expected this number of casualties,” Mr Gibbons said.
“We weren’t called out yesterday, the second day, so I hope that trend continues.”
The off-road motorbike rally will hold events at Humbert River, Limbunya and Gregory National Park during the coming days before rolling into Alice Springs for the start of the 2018 Tatts Finke Desert Race.
KTM Australia has been contacted for comment.