Motorcycle crash: Man flew into utility pole after hitting bus, witness says, as tough season for area riders continues

A pair of black sunglasses and a leather jacket lay a few feet from a motorcycle tipped on its side.

Half a block away, a small white passenger bus was parked by the curb, flanked by police tape - writes

It was the scene of the region’s latest motorcycle collision — capping off a deadly summer that claimed six lives in London and area — and one that witnesses said was dramatic.

A couple who said they saw the collision from their vehicle Monday evening reported watching a man fly off his bike and hit a utility pole after colliding with the back of the bus. The collision happened on Hamilton Road near Glenwood Avenue.

“He wrapped himself around the pole,” said the woman. “He did a flip.”

“He hit the post and the bike kept going,” added the man, who gave a statement to police but would not give his name toThe Free Press.

Acting London Police Sgt. Doug Brown said the motorcycle driver was taken to hospital with unknown injuries.

The bus — which wasn’t visibly damaged — was marked with a logo for Blossoms Early Childhood Education Centre, a child-care agency in London. Brown said he wasn’t aware of any kids on the bus at the time of the crash. The driver was not injured, he said.

It’s the latest in a series of motorcycle collisions across Southwestern Ontario this year, including three fatal crashes in London alone.

In August, a pair of deadly crashes near Woodstock happened just hours apart. A woman was killed after her motorcycle struck the back of a stopped car on Highway 401 near Ingersoll on Aug.18. Police said she was thrown from her bike and died in hospital. That same night, a 46-year-old Ingersoll man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Woodstock.

Police shut down Hamilton Road between Madison and Pine Lawn avenues Monday night as they investigated the latest collision.

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