MOTORCYCLE AND OPOSSUM COLLIDE IN LISTOWEL
8/10/2018 8:12:34 AM

Two residents from Listowel were ejected from their motorcycle after colliding with an opossum. The Huron County OPP says officers responded to the collision last Friday (August 3rd, 2018) between Belmore Line and Salem Road. Police say the animal walked onto the road and was struck. Both riders were transported to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Local police say to always watch for wildlife crossing signs and to obey the speed limit because the faster you're going the longer it takes to stop. Here's a full list of safety tips provided by local police following the incident. Watch for wildlife crossing signs. These signs are installed in locations where wildlife are known to frequently cross highways. Obey speed limits. The faster you are going, the longer it will take to stop. Make sure your headlights are clean. Use your high beams when it's safe to do so. Make sure your tires and brakes are in good condition and are working properly. Don't ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs or if you are tired or having problems with your vision. Watch for groups of wild animals. If a deer runs out in front of you, chances are there are more nearby. Slow down and keep an eye out for more animals crossing the highway. Stay the course. If you see a wild animal, brake firmly and calmly and stay in your lane. Swerving could make you lose control of your vehicle. Use extra caution when riding your motorcycle at dawn and dusk in areas where wildlife may be present. If you ride at night watch out for the reflections of animal eyes. Animal eyes will brightly reflect a motorcycle's headlight, making them easier to spot.    

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