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Motorcyclist hit with ladder rack, run over on highway

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The terrifying moment was caught on a dashcam and shows the rider being thrown across two lanes of traffic and being run over by a car.

A Gold Coast motorcyclist has avoided death after being struck with a ladder rack at high speed on the M1.

The terrifying moment was caught on another driver's dashcam and shows 24-year-old Travis Irwin being thrown across two lanes of traffic and being run over by a car.

"I remember hitting the ground and then cartwheeling across the road," he told 9News.

"I remember opening my eyes and there was the white Hilux on top of me.

"As soon as I hit the ground and I saw cars going past, I thought it was all over, I thought that was the end."

Miraculously Mr Irwin escaped with his life but remains in a hospital bed with dozens of bandages and a battered helmet, to tell the terrifying tale.

"I'm very lucky to be here," he said.

"Just tie your s--t up."

Last month 53-year-old Gold Coast motorcyclist Craig Ward was killed when a step ladder slid off the back of a ute on the M1.

He swerved and was hit by another vehicle.

Queensland police say there are hefty fines for not securing your load, with penalties of $266 for an individual and $400 for a business.

"More importantly you could be held criminally liable or civilly liable if you cause the death or the grievous injury to someone," Gold Coast Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler told 9News.

"It's incumbent on every driver of every vehicle that's carrying anything to make sure that load is properly secured and can't come off."

"I was lucky to walk away but I know a lot of people haven't been," Mr Irwin said.

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Source: 9News

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