Warning as riders taken to hospital

TWO motorbike riders have been injured in separate crashes in the North East. 

A 66-year-old Reefton rider slid into a median strip after his front tyre deflated on the Hume Highway about 1.30pm on Sunday. 

The man had been travelling south near Barnawartha when he lost control. 

DAMAGE: Police inspect a crashed Honda on Sunday. Picture: BLAIR THOMSON

DAMAGE: Police inspect a crashed Honda on Sunday. Picture: BLAIR THOMSON

It appeared the rider purposely managed to slide into the median strip for his own safety and was taken to Albury hospital. 

It was unclear why the tyre deflated on the Honda. 

It followed a similar crash on the Wangaratta-Eldorado Road a few hours earlier. 

DAMAGE: Police inspect a crashed Honda on Sunday. Picture: BLAIR THOMSON

DAMAGE: Police inspect a crashed Honda on Sunday. Picture: BLAIR THOMSON

The 51-year-old female rider crashed at Londrigan, and her bike flipped multiple times over a distance of about 50 metres. 

Leading Senior Constable Gavin Frew said the incidents were being investigated. 

“It's a timely reminder to ride to the conditions of the road and make sure your vehicle is maintained in a safe and roadworthy condition,” he said. 

“People should also ride to their abilities.”

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