Australian firefighter dies in Bali motorbike crash
AN Australian firefighter has died in Bali after his motorcycle collided with a garbage truck, police say.
Andrew Newton, 42, was on his way from the popular tourist spot of Kuta to Sanur in the early hours of Tuesday morning when he struck the truck from behind as it was attempting to do a U-turn.
He suffered open wounds to his cheek, chin and forehead, and died at the scene, Denpasar Traffic Police Chief Nyoman Nuryana told reporters.
Mr Newton was understood to be on holiday with fellow firefighters from Victoria, the Herald Sun reported.
Police said they had taken the driver of the garbage truck in for questioning and had reported the matter to the Australian consulate.
The head of forensics at Sanglah Hospital, Ida Bagus Putu Alit, said the Aussie motorcyclist had suffered a fracture to his jaw, a broken wrist and bruising to his abdomen.
“We couldn’t smell alcohol from the outside and so we can’t tell if he’s under the influence of alcohol,” Alit told reporters. “To make sure of that, autopsy is needed.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs has been contacted for comment.
Staff writers AAP