Man in induced coma following crash near Walhalla

A 26 year-old motorbike rider was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital in an induced coma after colliding with a four wheel-drive near Walhalla on Sunday.

Police said the Grantville man remains in a coma with a broken femur in the intensive care unit, but was in a stable condition.

Leading Senior Constable Kevin McLaren said the rider was south bound on Old Coach Road, about five kilometres from Walhalla, when he encountered a red 4WD at a sharp bend.

Ldg Snr Const McLaren said both driver and rider took evasive action, but collided at low speed, throwing the rider from his bike.

Police arrived at the scene about 12.30pm and waited with the man for an hour before an ambulance arrived.

Ldg Snr Const McLaren said the ambulance transported him to the helipad in Walhalla before he was placed into an induced come by paramedics.

He was then flown to The Alfred.   

Ldg Snr Const McLaren said said the driver of the 4WD was shaken, but not injured.