AN 18 year motorbike rider is lucky to be alive following a dramatic and life threatening crash late on Thursday afternoon, just before dark.
Zak Gaulke, 18, from Dimboola was one of a group of motor bike riders out for a ride near the Batchica West road on the Yarriambiack Creek Reserve, when a jump went horribly wrong.
He went over a jump on his high performance KTM 460 motorcycle and impacted a substantial Redgum tree, bounced off and collided with more branches snapping off a
75mm branch, coming to rest in the dirt nearby.
Friends he was riding with called 000 for assistance. Vic Ambulance, Warracknabeal Police and the SES attended the scene to provide lighting for the paramedic crew and assistance
with moving the patient.
Paramedics took over an hour to stabilise the youth before transporting the him to hospital. The rider was initially admitted to the Wimmera Base Hospital, but later transferred to a specialist hospital in Melbourne to cater to his injuries and ultimate recovery which will take some time.
Spinal injuries were suspected at the time by paramedics, who took an extended time to prepare him for transport and it was later discovered he had broken three vertebrae in his spinal column, along with other injuries sustained in the crash.