BARRIE, ON, June 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Highway Safety Division (HSD) Aurora Detachment are investigating a single-vehicle motorcycle collision involving an on-duty OPP officer.
On Thursday, June 26, 2014, at approximately 9:23 a.m., an OPP officer was operating a motorcycle and participating in a VIP escort training exercise on Highway 11 at Highway 400 in the City of Barrie when a goose flew into the path of the motorcycle and collided with the operator. The officer lost control and the motorcycle struck the centre barrier before coming to a stop. No other vehicles were involved.
As a result of the collision, the driver of the motorcycle -- Provincial Constable Peter Tucker -- was airlifted to a Toronto hospital for treatment of serious injuries. PC Tucker is a 20-year OPP veteran assigned to the OPP Niagara Detachment, currently seconded to the Highway Enforcement Team at HSD Headquarters in Aurora. PC Tucker is an experienced motorcycle operator and member of the elite OPP Golden Helmets Motorcycle Precision Team.
The officer sustained serious injuries to his leg which will require a lengthy recovery. The family has asked for privacy during this time.
The OPP would like to thank all those who have helped or offered assistance.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Media Contact: Sgt. Kerry Schmidt
Highway Safety Division - Media Relations
Phone: (416) 460-4701