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ATV crash in Harrow critically injures rider

Essex County OPP are investigating an all-terrain vehicle accident that happened just after 3 a.m. Monday on the streets of Harrow.

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The rider of an all-terrain vehicle on the streets of Harrow suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash early Monday, say Essex County OPP.

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Police and paramedics responded around 3:05 a.m. Monday to a report of a single-vehicle collision on Munger Avenue East at Queen Street in Harrow.

The crash occurred on a residential roadway, with nearby houses and parked motor vehicles.

The operator of the ATV was transported to hospital for treatment.

OPP technical collision investigators were sent to the scene. Their work continues. Police temporarily closed Munger Avenue East to traffic between Queen Street and Walnut Street.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has further information about this incident is encouraged to contact provincial police at 1-888-310-1122.

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Off-road vehicle safety has been a subject of concern for regional OPP this year. Last week, Essex County OPP issued a reminder to all riders — particularly those using their vehicles on the roadways of Pelee Island — to obey all applicable laws and take all necessary precautions.

Ontario’s Off-Road Vehicle Act requires municipalities to have a bylaw concerning use of ATVs or other off-road vehicles on public thoroughfares, police noted.

“Being a responsible rider by following laws and wearing approved helmets will significantly reduce the risk of injuries as well as being charged with offences,” Essex County OPP stated.

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On April 25 of this year, Essex County OPP investigated a collision between an automobile and an all-terrain vehicle on County Road 46 in the Lakeshore area that left the ATV rider with life-threatening injuries.

Essex County OPP all-terrain vehicles are shown in this handout image.
Essex County OPP all-terrain vehicles are shown in this handout image. Photo by Ontario Provincial Police /Windsor Star

Essex County OPP have highlighted rules and requirements of the provincial Ministry of Transportation’s Smart Ride Safe Ride ORV Handbook, such as:

  • A posted speed limit of 50 km/h means the speed limit for off-road vehicles is 20 km/h.
  • A posted speed limit greater than 50 km/h means the speed limit for off-road vehicles is 50 km/h.
  • An approved motorcycle helmet must be worn when operating any off-road vehicle.
  • Off-road vehicles must follow the direction of regular traffic where available.

An Essex County OPP officer patrols on an all-terrain vehicle in this handout image.
An Essex County OPP officer patrols on an all-terrain vehicle in this handout image. Photo by Ontario Provincial Police /Windsor Star

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