Jessica Johnston | March 26th, 2011
A FREAK beetle plague invading Gold Coast beaches has claimed its first casualty, with a cyclist shattering his hip, collarbone and ribs after his bike skidded in mounds of dead bugs.
Southport man Ken Tomkins, 61, will be bedridden for six weeks following the bizarre accident on Wednesday morning.
Mr Tomkins said he noticed the slick as he rode along The Esplanade at Surfers Paradise about 5.30am but initially thought it was water or leaves.
He hit the bugs, piled to the edge of the road by a council street sweeper, at about 25km/h.