Motorcyclist fights for his life after crashing into a rogue emu on a remote desert road
- 35-year-old man sustained serious injuries
- Collision occurred in Midwestern WA
- To be airlifted to Perth later on Tuesday
A motorcyclist is in critical condition after hitting an emu in a remote national park.
Emergency services rushed to a gorge access road in Kalbarri National Park, five hours north of Perth, just after 8am on Tuesday to report that a cyclist had been struck.
St John Ambulance Western Australia confirmed that the 35-year-old man suffered “very serious” injuries in the crash and is in critical condition.
He was rushed to the Kalbarri nursing station for urgent medical treatment.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Flying Doctors Service said the man will be airlifted to Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth later on Tuesday.
A motorcyclist fights for his life after hitting an emu in WA’s Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri National Park has an abundance of native wildlife, including emus (pictured)
Emergency services remain on the scene.
Kalbarri National Park is currently closed until further notice due to management operations, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions confirmed.
No further details are currently available, including the emu’s condition.
The 186,000-hectare Kalbarri National Park attracts thousands of visitors each year for its rugged terrain and relative isolation.
Its inner gorges are famous for an abundance of wildlife and indigenous birds including kangaroos, emus, echidnas, thorny devils and wedge-tailed eagles.
St John WA paramedics took the seriously injured motorcyclist to the Kalbarri nursing station (file image)