Highway 17 (Walden Township) Closed due to Fatal Collision, Deceased Identified

UPDATE – The Sudbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is continuing its investigation into a fatal, single motor vehicle collision that occurred at approximately 6:19 a.m. on April 17, 2018 on Highway 17, east of Regional Road 55.

The passenger of the transport truck was pronounced deceased at the scene. She has been identified as 33 year old Jennifer BASTASICH from Cornwall, Ontario.

As a result of the investigation, the driver of the transport truck, Kimberly-Ann WARDEN, also from Cornwall, Ontario, was charged with careless driving contrary to section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

Highway 17 westbound lanes, in that area, were closed for approximately 12 hours while emergency services personnel conducted their investigation and cleared the scene.

The investigation is continuing. It has been determined that road and weather conditions were not a factor.

 

Apr 17, 2018 @ 13:42

 

On April 17, 2018 at approximately 6:19 a.m. officers from the Sudbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Whitefish and Sudbury Fire Departments and Sudbury-Manitoulin District Emergency Medical Services (EMS), responded to a tractor trailer that crashed into a rock cut on Highway 17, east of Regional Road 55 in Walden Township, Ontario.

As a result of the collision, one person was confirmed deceased at the scene. One other person was transported to hospital.  The OPP has two Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) on scene and the westbound lanes of Highway 17 in that area remain closed until the investigation is complete.

There is a detour in place at Regional Road 55.

The name of the deceased subject is not being released at this time pending the notification of next of kin.

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