Fatal Collision closes Highway 17 (east of Ignace) UPDATED

Aug 20, 2020 at 16:52

On August 20, 2020 at approximately 2:30 am officers from the Ignace and Dryden Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 17, Dewan Township, approximately 15 km East of Ignace.

Three tractor trailer units (TTU); two travelling west and one travelling east collided. Two occupants of one of the West bound units were pronounced deceased. The occupants of the other west and east bound tractor trailer units had serious, but non-life threatening injuries and were transported by EMS for treatment.

The identities of the deceased are being withheld pending the notification of the next of kin (NOK).

Ignace Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were on scene to assist with the investigation.

The Traffic Collision Investigation (TCI) unit, including a reconstructionist, attended the scene to conduct their investigation. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Highway 17 is still closed at this time.

Aug 20, 2020 at 09:57

OPP are currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision involving three tractor trailer units approximately 15 km East of Ignace. Highway 17 is closed at Shabaqua and in Ignace at Highway 599.

OPP advise to follow OPPCommunicationsNWR twitter or Ontario511 for up to date road closure information and drive safely.

Ontario511 states that “Hwy 17 – Ignace, at the Hwy 599 junction Hwy 17 is closed due to a collision at distance marker 320. Traffic control is in place. Delays may occur. Please use caution in the area.” The highway was closed at 9:48 a.m.

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