THE Gold Coast motorcyclist killed on the M1 after a ladder reportedly fell from a tradie's vehicle on Monday morning was Merrimac man Craig Ward.

The Queensland Police Forensic Crash Unit has been investigating the "complicated" circumstances surrounding the death of the keen motorbike enthusiast, aged 53.

Craig Ward, 53, of Merrimac was killed in a horror crash on the M1 on Monday morning, which has been linked to a ladder falling from a tradie’s vehicle. Picture: Facebook
Craig Ward, 53, of Merrimac was killed in a horror crash on the M1 on Monday morning, which has been linked to a ladder falling from a tradie’s vehicle. Picture: Facebook

Gold Coast District Deputy Officer Chris Tritton said: "We are investigating an unsecured load that was a small step ladder, that has caused a vehicle to take evasive action and has led to the sequence of the accident."

Queensland Scientific Police investigate the scene of a Fatal motor bike accident north bond on the M1 Motorway at Exit 69 Nerang. Photo: Scott Powick
Queensland Scientific Police investigate the scene of a Fatal motor bike accident north bond on the M1 Motorway at Exit 69 Nerang. Photo: Scott Powick

"The motorbike rider has then been struck or come into an uncomfortable situation and has lost control of his motorcycle," he said.

Mr Tritton said a ute behind the motorcycle came into contact with the rider, now known to be Mr Ward, causing fatal injuries.

Craig Ward, 53, of Merrimac. Picture: Facebook
Craig Ward, 53, of Merrimac. Picture: Facebook

He said the driver of the car which the ladder fell from had been in contact with police after the M1 crash.

Mr Ward's passion for motorbikes is evident on his Facebook page, where he's pictured on outings in the countryside with mates.

The page states Mr Ward, who's sporting a broad smile in a range of photos, had studied panelbeating/spray-painting at St George College TAFE in Sydney.

Craig Ward, 53, of Merrimac. Picture: Facebook
Craig Ward, 53, of Merrimac. Picture: Facebook

Mr Ward, or "Wardy", lists his occupation as factory hand at Oceanic Group, a Coomera business manufacturing trailers.

Police have urged anyone with dashcam video or information about the crash to get in touch.

Craig Ward loved motorcycles. Picture: Facebook
Craig Ward loved motorcycles. Picture: Facebook


EARLIER: M1 CRASH VICTIM CONFIRMED AS GOLD COAST MAN

A 53-year-old Merrimac man was the victim of a horror crash on the M1 on Monday morning caused when a ladder fell from a tradie's vehicle.

Gold Coast District Deputy Officer Chris Tritton said the Forensic Crash Unit are investigating the "complicated" incident, that involved three utes, a SUV and a motorcycle.

"We are investigating an unsecured load that was a small step ladder, that has caused a vehicle to take evasive action and has led to the sequence of the accident," he said.

"The motorbike rider has then been struck or come into an uncomfortable situation and has lost control of his motorcycle."

Mr Tritton said a ute behind the motorcycle came into contact with the rider, causing fatal injuries.

A motorcyclist has been critically injured in a serious crash on the Pacific Motorway at Nerang. Picture: Kathryn Foran/9 News Gold Coast
A motorcyclist has been critically injured in a serious crash on the Pacific Motorway at Nerang. Picture: Kathryn Foran/9 News Gold Coast

The driver of the car which the ladder fell from contacted police after the incident, according to Mr Tritton.

"They have come forward so we thank them for that," he said.

"Police attended another address off the M1 to speak to that driver."

Police at the scene of the crash. Photo: Scott Powick
Police at the scene of the crash. Photo: Scott Powick

Mr Tritton said once the forensic crash unit finish their investigation a decision on charges will be made.

He is urging anyone with dashcam video or information surrounding the crash to contact police.

Acting Operations Supervisor for Gold Coast Emergency Services Dion Marr said seven people, including paramedics and critical care personnel, attended the scene at 6am Monday morning.

Major delays on M1 after falling ladder causes serious crash. Picture: 7 news Gold Coast
Major delays on M1 after falling ladder causes serious crash. Picture: 7 news Gold Coast

The crew tried to revive the man for about half an hour but couldn't.

"Our primary patient was a man who had suffered significant traumatic injuries," he said.

"After valiant attempts, we were unable to revive the patient."

No one else was hurt at the scene but all involved have been provided support.

Mr Marr said he believed the motorcyclist was trapped under a vehicle and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services technical support team helped remove the vehicle from the man.

Originally published as Motorbike rider killed in chaotic M1 crash identified


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