73-year-old Windsor motorcyclist struck by farm vehicle

A 73-year-old motorcycle rider from Windsor is in hospital with serious injuries after a collision with a farm vehicle in Chatham-Kent.

The crash occurred around 12 p.m. Wednesday on Rivard Line in the former Dover Township.

Chatham-Kent police said a seed corn harvester was heading east on Rivard Line, between Townline and Jacob Road.

The motorcyclist who was riding a 2006 Suzuki C50 was also heading east, coming up behind the farm vehicle.

According to police, the motorcyclist was attempting to pass the harvester when the farm vehicle abruptly turned left into a field, colliding with the motorcycle in the process.

Police believe the driver of the farm vehicle  a 37-year-old Chatham man  was at fault for the accident. Hes been charged with making an unsafe turn.

Anybody making a turn has to ensure the roadway is safe to do so, said Chatham-Kent police spokesperson Const. Renee Cowell.

The motorcycle rider was rushed to the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance for treatment. As of 12 p.m. Thursday, he remained in serious condition.

The driver of the harvester wasn’t hurt.

Police said the accident resulted in about $3,000 of total damage to the vehicles.

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