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OPP respond to 6 collisions. Injuries reported

Friday, December 07, 2012   by: Staff


OPP respond to six motor vehicle collisions

Injuries reported

SAULT STE. MARIE - Sault Ste. Marie OPP responded to six motor vehicle collisions yesterday on area highways.

At 8:45 a.m. on December 6, 2012, OPP and Batchewana Fire and Rescue responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 17 North in Fisher Township.

A snow plow heading southbound on Highway 17 was being passed by a pick up truck when the snow plow made a left hand turn and struck the pick up truck.

A forty-eight year old female passenger of the pick up truck was transported to Sault Area Hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the snow plow, 74-year-old George Douglas Vokes of Ryan Township, was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with left turn - fail to avoid reasonable opportunity to avoid collision.

At 2:20 p.m. on December 6, 2012 Sault Ste. Marie OPP and Batchewana Fire and Rescue responded to a single motor vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer on Highway 17 north in Tilley Township, near Mile 38 Road.

The tractor trailer was travelling southbound when the driver lost control on the snow packed highway. 

The vehicle hit several cable guide rail posts and spun around into the westbound ditch striking a hydro pole.

The 34-year-old male driver was transported to Sault Area Hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

The vehicle had to be towed.

No charges were laid. 

Four more single vehicle collisions were reported, two on Highway 17 North, one on Highway 17 East and one on Highway 638 yesterday afternoon.

No injuries were reported but all four vehicles had to be towed.

OPP remind motorists that winter driving is upon us.

Adjust driving habits according the road and weather conditions that can change quickly this time of year.

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mallemang 12/7/2012 2:07:22 PM Report

well the MTO budget cuts are really starting to show. People have to slow down because the highways won't be as ice/snow free as in previous years.
bounder 12/7/2012 2:25:58 PM Report

The MTO cuts don't slow down speeders and idiots on the roads.
Bad Dawg 12/7/2012 2:42:49 PM Report

what???? The MTO is not responsible for accidents. they only spread sand (not a sand and salt mix like years before) I grew up driving in Alberta where they never used salt. IDIOTS NEED TO SLOW DOWN!!!
maxpower 12/7/2012 3:41:36 PM Report

I always read the commenters going on and on about how fast everybody drives, and yes some do. What I don’t understand is why nobody has a problem with all of those people who drive soooo slowwww. Most I note are elderly people. Is it not ironic that it is criminal to drive while impaired by a substance but being impaired due to age ie. blind, deaf, slow reaction time…. and there is no problem at all with that? Some people are oblivious to what is going on around them and all too often it seems to me, it is them who cause the accidents.
lowla 12/7/2012 8:46:13 PM Report

the Hwy's certainly have not been kept up the way they were before. I actually feel unsafe when we have a snowfall. I'm not sure if it is inexperience of this new company on the north hwy., lack of equipment or reduced regulations as to the upkeep. I'm sure that there will be loss of life and it will be blamed on road conditions.
Working Man 12/7/2012 10:49:24 PM Report


I totally agree. Yes elderly people 'do' cause some accidents. If the maximum speed limit is 50, do you 'really' want to do exactly 50?

Elderly people are so rude. Just today some elderly lady cut in front of me in line at the store. She was way at the back of the line. The next cashier said, 'I will help the next person in line' and she just walked up to the next checkout like she was the most important thing in the world. And she took 5 minutes to make the simple transaction! Well, I shouldn't say that. Most people in general think that they're 'god' nowadays - no thanks to 'the secret'. AS if some 'law of attraction' opened up the next cashier strictly 'for you' and nobody else-yeah right! The *F* everybody else but me philosophy isn't exactly the best way of life. It's probably the worst!!!

Actually I didn't care all that much because she was so old. But, I understand what you mean.

Middle aged people cause a lot of accidents too. As well as teenagers. Teenagers are even worse than elderly people. At least elderly people are cautious. Overly cautious? yes, but that's better than driving like an idiot racing to get to the red light.
Pot8oHead 12/8/2012 2:35:59 AM Report

" to avoid reasonable opportunity to avoid collision."

Seems to me the driver of the snowplow most certainly DID avoid reasonable opportunity to avoid that collision.

I wonder if that blunder is a SooToday thing or if the law is actually written that way.
thomas 12/8/2012 6:07:03 AM Report

Yes, a lot of drivers go too fast in poor conditions, and yes there are elderly on the roads going too slow at times, but I think we'll see a LOT more accidents with the cut-backs on our highway maintenace.

Some patrol yards are very conscientious about keeping their highways clean. They CARE about maintenance to prevent accidents. I don't feel safe in driving on the highways where the patrol yards obviously just want to save the almighty $$$.

Highway 17 North has been very poorly maintained during snowfalls this winter season so far. It is obvious that a new patrol yard took over. Get those drivers out sooner and more often!
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