A MALE motorcyclist in his 50s has been killed after losing control of his motorbike on the Northern Highway near Heathcote and colliding with an oncoming car on Monday.
Emergency services were called to the scene at Lady’s Pass, near the intersection with Drummonds Lane, about 11.30am.
CPR was performed on the motorcyclist for about half an hour before he was pronounced dead.
The occupants of the car – both female in their 60s – were treated for shock at the scene and are assisting police with their inquiries.
Acting Sergeant Mick Delaney said the driver was not at fault, and investigations are continuing into how the motorcyclist lost control.
“A group of three motorcyclists were travelling south on the Northern Highway at Lady’s Pass through to Heathcote,” he said.
“The last of those motorcyclists has lost control of his motorcycle and has ended up on the road.
“Unfortunately there was a vehicle containing two elderly ladies that was travelling north on this road at the same time, and it has collided with the male who has died.”
Traffic was banked up for several kilometres in both directions as motorists made their way home on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, including a large number of cars towing caravans and boats.
Police will be diverting traffic from the Northern Highway at McIvor Highway and the intersection with Drummonds Lane. They expect the section of the Northern Highway will be closed until late in the afternoon.
The Major Collision Investigations Unit is on its way to the scene from Melbourne. A coronial inquiry will be conducted into the death.
Acting Sergeant Delaney said it was important for everyone to take care on the roads this long weekend.
“Given that it is a long weekend, or any time for that matter, arrive alive. Take your time,” he said.
“Take 10 off if you need to.
“We hate coming to these sorts of incidences, and it affects everybody. Please just take your time and take care on the roads.”
Police are calling for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.