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Members of the Kenora OPP are investigating a motor-vehicle collision involving a police cruiser.

On Tuesday shortly after 6 p.m., a member of the Kenora OPP was conducting an investigation on an abandoned motor vehicle on the side of Highway 17 near the Manitoba border.

While stopped on the roadside facing east, with full lights activated on the fully-marked police car, an eastbound pickup truck failed to move over and side-swiped the parked police car, with the officer seated inside.

Neither the officer nor the driver of the pickup truck were injured, and both vehicles sustained minor damages.

As a result, a 72-year-old Kenora man has been charged with failure to move into another lane for an emergency vehicle or tow truck contrary.

He was issued a Provincial Offences Notice for the charge.

The OPP would like to remind motorists that the Highway Traffic Act requires all drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when approaching an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the highway with its lights activated.

If the highway has more than one lane, the law requires the driver to move offer and leave one lane between their vehicle and the parked emergency vehicle when it can be done safely.

Failure to do so can result in fines from $400-$2,000 and three demerit points for a first offence.

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