Biker dead, two in hospital after slew of crashes on Friday the 13th

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The Friday the 13th motorcycle rally that brought tens of thousands of people to Port Dover also saw numerous collisions on nearby roads, including a fatal crash that claimed the life of a motorcyclist just outside of town.

Police say a vehicle heading west on St. Johns Road East hit a biker riding north on Blueline Road around 1:15 p.m. on Friday. The rider was taken to hospital and later died of their injuries. The driver of the car was unhurt.

No information has been released about the victim.

Acting Sgt. Ed Sanchuk said police responded to three other collisions in the Port Dover area throughout the day, with minor injuries reported.

In a change to Friday the 13th planning this year, no shuttle service was offered for visitors, who used to be able to park at the outskirts of town and be bused in. Vehicles were instead allowed to enter alongside the scores of bikes visiting for the day, adding to the congestion.

In Haldimand, two riders were airlifted to hospital after separate collisions Friday afternoon.

The first of the two serious crashes happened on Riverside Drive between Rainham Road and East Quarter Line Road in Nanticoke.

It was a single-vehicle collision, according to Cst. Mary Gagliardi of Haldimand OPP, and the victim was taken to an out-of-town hospital by air.

Also in Haldimand, a biker was airlifted to hospital with what Gagliardi called “life-altering injuries” after a crash on Cheapside Road near Hagersville.

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator

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