Two of three trail ride crashes within 150 metres of each other

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Two of the three crashes at a motorcycle trail ride in Otago – which claimed one life and seriously injured two others – took place within 150m of each other.

Police tape up at a cordon.

File photo Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Police have released further information about the three separate crashes in the Milton area yesterday.

Emergency services responded to the crashes after two distress beacons were activated in the area at around 12.10pm.

The crashes took place during the 18th Annual Lake to the Sea Motorcycle Trail Ride and involved motorbikes, with two of the crashes occurring within 150 metres from each other.

A motorcyclist died at the scene and two people with serious injuries were taken to Dunedin Hospital by rescue helicopter.

The Serious Crash Unit attended and examined the scenes.

The death has been referred to the Coroner and enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances of the crashes.

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