A motorcyclist is lucky to be alive after hitting a kangaroo near Bethungra on Tuesday morning.
The 64-year-old was heading north along the Olympic Highway when the incident occurred.
Despite suffering a broken leg, the south-coast man managed to maintain control of his bike, riding a further 80 metres to the nearest truck stop.
There he collapsed.
Police and paramedics rushed to the site after 9.30am, where they treated the 64-year-old and drove him to Wagga Base Hospital.
Riverina police Inspector Rob Vergano said it was fortunate a broken leg was the rider’s only injury.
He said the collision was a timely warning for all road users to be vigilant across regional and rural areas.
It comes amid a rise in the number of crashes involving animals across the Riverina, according to WIRES.
The wildlife rescue service said the end of daylight saving meant more people were on the roads at dawn and dusk – the peak times for animal sightings and collisions.