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HIT RUN | Man Charged After Car Ploughs Into Cyclists

UPDATE | A 28-year-old man has been charged after a vehicle ploughed through a group of cyclists on Wednesday morning.  

Police allege the man knocked over three women and two men near Bamford Lane and failed to remain at the scene just before 6:00AM.

All five cyclists were taken to the Townsville Hospital in a stable condition, two with serious injuries.

The 28-year-old Mount Louisa man was charged with four counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm, one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and adversely affected by an intoxicating substance, one count of driver fail to remain at the scene and render assistance.

He is due to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Thursday.  

EARLIER | Police are investigating after a group of cyclists was struck by a vehicle during a hit run in Mount Louisa on Wednesday.  

It is believed the group of men and women were travelling outbound along Dalrymple Road when a car drove into the pack near Bamford Lane around 5.40AM.  

The motorist then simply drove off.  

A 51-year-old woman sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to Townsville Hospital. A 36-year-old man, 49-year-old woman, a woman aged in her 50s and 58-year-old man were also transported to hospital in a stable condition with various injuries.

Townsville police have since recovered a Rav 4 believed to be involved in the incident. The vehicle is currently undergoing forensic and scientific examination.

Inspector Damien Crosby confirmed the vehicle was not stolen and the police investigation has no link to recent property crime offences being committed across Townsville.

“Investigations are continuing by both Townsville Detectives and Investigators from the Forensic Crash Unit,” Inspector Crosby said.

“We would like to thank the public for the assistance and information provided to date.”

EARLIER | Five people are being treated after a car hit a group of cyclists at Mount Louisa, but the driver didn't stick around.

The motorist involved drove off along Dalrymple Road around 5:40AM on Wednesday.  


Image of the accident scene.  Supplied 

Among the injured are a woman in her 50s who was transported in a serious condition with a leg injury.

A woman in her 40's was transported in a serious condition with leg and pelvic injuries.

A man in his 50s was transported stable with a back injury.

A man in his 30s was transported stable with a back injury.

And a woman in her 50s escaped with minor injuries.

One outbound lane of Dalrymple Rd is blocked at Mount Lousia near Bamford Lane.