A motorcyclist came within seconds of getting off a car and a large truck when his motorcycle was blown up on a main road during a strong wind – and the whole incident was broadcast live on the radio seconds later.
“I swear to God I could see the whites in his eyes and he must have been able to see me,” said Caroline, a car driver.
Caroline was traveling from North Canterbury to Christchurch when winds were blowing at more than 100 kilometers per hour. Attacked the South Island on Friday morning.Causes fire, power outages and deforestation.
As she turned onto State Highway 1 at Waipura Junction, “Suddenly, across the two-lane traffic, this Hawaiian motorcycle arrives, complete with one rider.”
The motorbike passed the path of his car and a large red double trailer truck came within seconds of being flat.
Listen: North Canterbury resident Caroline Compass speaks on FM Second after her car was dropped off by a Windsup motorcyclist.
Seconds later, she was on the phone with North Canterbury radio host Carrie Tremina on Compass FM, in a call she called “absolute gold for radio.”
Treman said the phone rang around 8:20 a.m., just to tell Caroline that she wouldn’t believe what she had just seen.
“The boy was about a match away from death,” he told Treman in a direct call.
“I just ran what she was saying … it was absolutely crazy,” Tremina said.
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Falling trees block part of Birch Hill RD in the Glentoi area of North Canterbury, where at least nine firefighters are battling a major field fire.
“I’m actually standing next to this guy to ask if he’s okay. Okay, just wait a minute.”
The man can be heard in the background apologizing to Caroline and thanking her when she offered to help.
“I’m glad you’re alive,” he told the motorcyclist.
Caroline said she picked up the phone to tell people how severe the weather was and that motorbikes “need to be at home.”
“He had no control at all and I just saw this thing get up,” he later said. Equipment.
She managed to get out of her way, while her accompanying truck was pulled over.
Her adrenaline was pumping when she stopped to “calm down” before turning to check on the motorcyclist.
He said he was upset that it had bothered him and was apparently “scared”, but was largely fine.
“He didn’t cause any problems, except for the fact that he probably should have thought twice about keeping his bike out this season … He’s the luckiest man on earth today.”
Caroline said she went to Christchurch where she did her shopping.
“I’m fine, I can do anything now,” he said. “It was a great way to start the day and I didn’t need coffee when I went to Umberley.”
Treman said he had never experienced such a live call in his radio career since the 1990s.
“It was absolute gold … what you heard is how it happened and so should live radio.”