Shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday, Ontario Provincial Police officers, ambulance and fire department members responded to a single motor vehicle collision that took place on Highway 602, just west of the La Vallee River Bridge.
The collision occurred when an eastbound driver of a motorcycle attempted to manoeuvre his motorcycle around a deer running onto the highway.
The driver collided with guide rails and was thrown from the motorcycle down an embankment into the water.
Witnesses and passing motorists called for emergency services and remained with the driver until crews arrived on the scene.
The male driver was transported by land ambulance to LaVerendrye Hospital and then air lifted to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
In other news, with children back in school now, the OPP reminds all members of the community that we all play a role in helping keep our kids safe.
This year the Rainy River District OPP Detachments teamed with Safe Kids Canada to help educate community partners and promote pedestrian injuries prevention among children.
Our partnership continues and this month, as children are making their way back to school, the OPP suggests several ways everyone can help increase the safety of children as they venture to and from school.
Drivers need to slow down. Reducing your speed gives you more time to react and avoid child pedestrian collisions.
Keep a safe distance from buses and be patient in your travels. Buses are required to make frequent stops and the children need time to cross roadways safely.
Distractions are dangerous—drivers, put away cell phones and remind children to take off ear buds before crossing the street.
Teach your child to stop at the curb, look left, right and left again.
Spend time with your children and talk to them about pedestrian safety and being alert to vehicles travelling on the roadway.
The Ontario Provincial Police will continue to make traffic safety a priority.
Our officers will be patrolling school zones and conducting traffic enforcement as always.
Our goal is to ensure that all children are safe as they venture to and from their schools.