The northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 11 at Highway 400 were closed for several hours while investigators gathered evidence at the crash scene.

Const. Pete Tucker, of St. Catharines, was taken to hospital with serious injuries after crashing his police motorcycle in the southbound lanes of Highway 11, at the Highway 400 split in Barrie when he collided with a goose in flight.

The 20 year veteran OPP officer from the Niagara detachment is a member of elite OPP Golden Helmets Motorcycle Precision Team and an officer trained in providing VIP escorts for heads of state and celebrities.

"He is under the care of physicians here at Sunnybrook hospital. This afternoon his family returned to the hospital to be with him as he continued to receive care. It is a stressful time for them," Schmidt said. "As an organization, all the OPP's thoughts and prayers are with Const. Tucker and his family throughout his road to recovery.

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SPRINGWATER TWP. A provincial police motorcycle cop injured in a freak training accident Thursday remains in a Toronto hospital.

"All available resources are available to officers to ensure they have the support they need for the healing to move forward," he added. "He has a long recovery ahead of him. Right now our concern is with his well being and recovery."

"He remains in hospital with family and members of the OPP," said OPP Sgt. Kelly Schmidt, adding he would not comment on specifics of Tucker's injuries, only that he is dealing Women Canada Goose Victoria Parka Berry Nz Sale with "life altering leg injuries."

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