June 26, 2014 4:40 pm
Updated: June 26, 2014 5:28 pm

OPP officer suffers ‘life-altering’ injuries after motorcycle hits goose


ABOVE: The latest information on what caused the accident – as well as the officer’s condition

TORONTO – An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer suffered “life-altering” injuries Thursday when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a goose while he was driving on Highway 11 in Barrie.

The incident happened around 9 a.m.  Thursday as the unidentified officer was driving south on the highway during a training exercise. He lost control of his motorcycle and crashed after he collided with the goose.

The injured officer was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

OPP Sgt. Mike Di Pasquale told reporters at a Toronto hospital the officer’s injuries are “serious” and “life-altering.”

Highway 11 was closed near Highway 400 both ways due to the collision but reopened northbound shortly before noon.

Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke about the crash, saying she hopes “the officer is able to recover completely.”

With a file from The Canadian Press

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