Motorcyclist dies in crash on Port Dover-to-Hamilton highway

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Published August 13, 2021 at 9:36 pm

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The highway between Hamilton and Port Dover, where a ‘PD13’ bike rally was held on Friday, is likely to be closed well into the evening after a motorcyclist died following a collision.

The Haldimand County OPP say that the collision occurred at Hwy. 6 and First Line road in Hagersville on Friday (Aug. 13). As a result, the highway will be closed between Main St. in Hagersville and First Line, while the Ontario Provincial Police West Region reconstruction team investigates the collision. 

The name of the deceased was not released, pending the notification of their next-of-kin.

Since 1981, motorcyclists have made a pilgrimmage to the lakeside community of Port Dover, in Norfolk County, every Friday the 13th. Gatherings for rallies in the warmer months of the year have ranged to as much as 100,000 people in a community with a population of about 3,000.

This year’s rally was expected to be relatively small due to COVID-19, but there were still crowds in Port Dover and the community’s name trended on Twitter early on Friday morning. 

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