Someone's cruel plan could have been deadly: RCMP

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CORNWALL, Ontario - Snowmobilers in South Glengarry have likely escaped serious injury or death after police removed a rope left stretched below a bridge that could have taken someone's head off.

Recently, members of the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF), a branch of the RCMP, were conducting routine patrols on a trail in Bainsville. 

As the members were approaching the Wood’s Creek Bridge, officers noticed that a rope had been laid across the trail, suspended from the bridge overhead.  Fortunately, officers were able to avoid serious injury by ducking after the rope had made contact with the snowmobile.

Police said it is clear that the rope was intentionally positioned in such a fashion that any snowmobile operator going through this area could have been seriously hurt or killed. The members of the CRTF have cut down and destroyed the rope to avoid any possibility of injury.

The CRTF would like to warn the snowmobiling public to be on the lookout for man-made devices that may seriously impact their safety. 

For additional safety tips, please visit the RCMP Ice-Safety Tips by clicking on the following link: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cycp-cpcj/safety-securite/lp-pl/ict-csg-eng.htm or the Ontario Ministry of Transportation link on safe snowmobiling at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/topics/snowmobile.shtml.

If anyone has information on the individuals who may have been involved in setting up this, or any other, safety hazard, please contact your local police, the Ontario RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Organizations: RCMP, Creek Bridge, Ontario Ministry of Transportation Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Ontario, South Glengarry, Bainsville

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