Youth Struck By Train
(TECUMSEH, ON) – On Sunday, August 5, 2012 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 14 year old male youth was riding his bicycle northbound on Lesperance Road, near the railroad tracks just north of Essex Road 42 in the Town of Tecumseh.
The youth was listening to music and had ear buds in his ears and did not hear a train approaching. He proceeded to cross the train tracks when the front of the engine hit his front wheel spinning the bike around, throwing him off causing the bicycle to strike his legs. He sustained very minor injuries. The youth was not wearing a helmet.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds the public of some basic bicycle safety tips to ensure safe riding for the remainder of the summer.
- Cyclists under the age of 18 must wear an approved bicycle helmet when riding on a roadway or sidewalk, but the OPP strongly encourages everyone to wear a helmet when riding.
- Stay awake, aware and alert when you cycle, and avoid obstructing your hearing or vision when riding
- Look ahead and down the road to see if there might be danger ahead
- Slow down—cycle in way that gives you and others time to react
- Maintain your bicycle in good working order
- Be as visible as possible to others
- Know and obey the rules of the road
- The rules of the road include properly signalling a turn or lane change
Adhering to these simple rules will assist in keeping cyclists safe as they enjoy the beautiful weather this summer has provided.
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