06/22/2016 12:11 EDT

Ontario Driver Hit By Car After Stopping To Help Turtle

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Aquatic turtle withdrawn into its shell while in the process of crossing an asphalt road on a sunny day, California, 2016. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images).
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — A 44-year-old Ontario woman is in hospital with serious injuries after she was hit by a car after stopping to help a turtle.

Ontario Provincial Police say the accident took place around 10 p.m. on Tuesday near Peterborough, Ont.

They say the woman got out of her car to help the turtle when she was hit by a passing vehicle.

There was no word on exactly what type of assistance the turtle required.

The woman from Otonabee-South Monaghan Township was rushed to a Toronto hospital with what police describe as serious injuries.

The road where the accident took place was closed for more than five hours while police investigated.

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