BARRIE, Ont. — An Ontario motorcycle cop was seriously injured Thursday after smacking into a flying Canada goose on Hwy. 11, north of Barrie.
Const. Pete Tucker was part of an escort convoy in training just before 9:30 a.m.
“(The goose) was flying and came into his path,” said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police's highway safety division.
Schmidt said it appears the goose hit the motorcycle's windshield, which was torn off.
Tucker, a member of the provincial police's Golden Helmet precision motorcycle team, was airlifted to a Toronto hospital with serious leg injuries.
“He does have a long recovery time pending,” Schmidt said. “He's got a battle ahead of him.”
The goose was found dead about 150 metres from the crash.
Tucker was interviewed by QMI Agency for a story in 2012 and he talked about the dangers officers face on the highways.
"I don't worry about getting shot or stabbed in this job," he said. "My biggest fear is vehicle collisions. That's the most realistic danger that I face every day."
The highway, where it meets Hwy. 400, was closed for several hours.