Motorcyclist dies in crash on M1

A motorcyclist has died after coming off his bike on the M1 between West Wallsend and Ryhope early this morning.

Shortly after 1am (Wednesday 28 August 2019), police have been told two motorbikes were travelling southbound on the M1 expressway at speed when one rider has come off his bike.

He was thrown from the bike onto the road before being hit by a car also heading south.

The rider died at the scene.

The female driver of the vehicle was taken to John Hunter Hospital for mandatory tests.

The rider of the second motorbike did not stop.

Officers from the Crash Investigation Unit are attending to assist Lake Macquarie officers with a full investigation and are calling for any witnesses, or anyone who may have dash-cam vision of the two motorbikes just prior to the crash to come forward.

Motorists heading southbound on the M1 near the crash scene are being diverted; motorists are encouraging to check livetraffic.com for the latest traffic updates.