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Police could face charges following the death of a 42-year-old male motorcyclist during a police pursuit at Tumbulgum last night.

The NSW Police Force has formed an independent critical investigation team to examine the circumstances surrounding the accident.

A police media spokesperson told Echonetdaily it could take the investigation some months to prepare a coronial report.

Police Media have so far been unable to confirm the reason for the pursuit.

Police say that about 8.10 o’clock last night officers attached to Tweed Heads Highway Patrol decided to pursue a motorcyclist travelling south along Terranora Road, East Tumbulgum, about 15km west of Tweed Heads.

They followed the motorbike for a short distance but the rider quickly lost control and ‘collided heavily’ with a tree. The man died at the scene.

A crime scene was established and specialist officers are currently at the scene.

A separate team will investigate the police’s role in the incident.


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