A 31-year-old man is in critical condition after the motorcycle he was driving struck a hydro pole and caught fire in Bowmanville Saturday night.
Durham Regional Police responded to the area of King St. E. and Liberty St. S. just after midnight to investigate the crash, and located the man suffering from life-threatening injuries. He had to be airlifted to a trauma centre in Toronto.
Police say the man was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on King St. when he failed to turn sharply enough to follow a bend in the road. The motorcycle slammed into a hydro pole, throwing the driver from the seat. The pole and motorcycle subsequently burst into flames, police say.
The scene was closed through the night and into the morning for the investigation and hydro repair. Police are uncertain as to the exact cause of the accident, but believe speed may be a factor. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Durham Regional Police.