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Hwy 17 closed near Blind River (updated with deceased name)

Thursday, February 13, 2014   by: Staff



6:03 p.m update

Location:  Hwy 17, east of Blind River Fully Open to traffic in both directions.

4:45 p.m. update

BLIND RIVER, ON - On Thursday, February 13, 2014 at approximately 7 a.m., members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision 1 km east of Blind River.

The collision involved a westbound tractor trailer and an eastbound sports utility vehicle (SUV). 

The lone occupant of the tractor trailer, Gary W. Tyska (61) of Thunder Bay, Ontario was treated for minor injuries. 

The lone occupant of the SUV, David Dennie, 36, of Blind River, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Officers with the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation (TTCI), Reconstructionists and Highway Safety Division are assisting with the investigation. 

Highway 17 east of Blind River is open to alternating traffic. 

The investigation is ongoing.

1:30 p.m. update

Location:  Hwy 17, east of Blind River open to one lane. Alternating Direction.

Brief Description of Event:  Police Investigation – Motor Vehicle Collision

Detour (if available):  No

Estimated duration of Road Advisory: unknown

9:44 a.m. update

BLIND RIVER - On Thursday, February 13, 2014, at approximately 7 a.m., members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment responded to a fatal motor vehicle collision 1 km east of Blind River.

Members of the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation (TTCI), Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Fire Department are currently on scene assisting with the investigation. 

As a result, police have closed Highway 17 east of Blind River. 

The identity of the deceased male is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. 

The investigation is ongoing.

Original release: 8 a.m.

East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police advise of the following Road Advisory:

Location:  Hwy 17 closed 1 km east of Blind River

Brief Description of Event:  Police Investigation – Motor Vehicle Collision

Detour (if available):  No

Estimated duration of Road Advisory:  unknown

The O.P.P. will distribute details and updates of the road advisory as information becomes available.

Please do not call O.P.P. Provincial Communication Centres for road advisory updates or road condition information.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website at or call 511 for Traveller's Information such as Winter Road Conditions, Construction Reports, Road Closures, Traffic Reports, Traffic Cameras and Interactive Mapping.


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HeyImOnnaBus 2/13/2014 8:24:27 AM Report

Accident involved a semi transport and a car. Both vehicles off road on south side of highway quite a distance from one another. Car reported to be burnt. Detour through Forest Glen for light vehicles.
boilertyme 2/13/2014 9:04:50 AM Report

There always seems to be a transport involved, we should go back to using the rail system till goods get near their destination to lessen the number of transports on the hwys. They scare me.
old-cat33 2/13/2014 9:47:36 AM Report

boilertime: I was told "trucks move the country" I think a trucker told me that?.....LOL.
fullstringer 2/13/2014 9:59:07 AM Report

To Boilertyme,

You assume that it was the truck drivers fault? Why?
For the reason as to why there are so many trucks on the road, you have to just look in the mirror. It's because of our lifestyle! We want everything right now! Go and order a part for your car and it will be here overnight? Go order a new piece of furniture, it will be here in a few days? Ah gee, the grocery store is out of broccoli, but have no fear, the truck will be in tomorrow!
Its the way our society lives Boilertyme. We want everything right now!
Gumby54 2/13/2014 10:21:07 AM Report

It may or may not be the fault of the trucker, but one only has to watch the video of the transport trying to pass a snow plough on an uphill on Hwy 11 to see that some truckers fear no one. Our hiways are deplorable at the best of times. This is one reason of many that we need 4 lane divided across the country.
S.M.A.R.T. 2/13/2014 10:27:20 AM Report

Gee, I wonder. Could a long overdue four lane highway between the Soo and Sudbury significantly reduce the number of accidents on this route? But no. Let's all pay an additional gas tax so that Toronto and area can upgrade their transit system. Who cares if year after year lives are being lost on northern Ontario's poor, and poorly maintained, highways?
duncan1 2/13/2014 10:27:25 AM Report

omg why must people always bicker on here.... how about instead of putting blame on the trucker why do we look at the facts shall we?? Some person has lost their life!!! how about some respect towards him and his family??

RIP and my condolences to the family
Bad Dawg 2/13/2014 10:43:39 AM Report

why speculate?? a young man lost his life. sorry for the families loss

*could have seen the trucker coming and drifted to the right a lil too close to the shoulder, over correct and your right in his path. what I'm saying is could just be an "accident"
Zing 2/13/2014 10:49:15 AM Report

My condolences to the man killed, his family and friends, in this accident.
Christina216 2/13/2014 11:12:25 AM Report

how positive are you about the detour? i have a family member stuck on the highway for 2.5 hours.
bustinout 2/13/2014 12:03:50 PM Report

I also have someone coming home on that highway but has found a 2 hour back road detour. He has heard that the man killed was a police officer. I will pray for his family at this sad time
HeyImOnnaBus 2/13/2014 12:04:39 PM Report

I was told the Forest Glen detour was active earlier this morning, but the updated article implies that there isn't any now. Hearing this from a person who lives along the highway - the car wasn't burnt - it was dark colored and flipped over that gave this impression. Very sad to learn that someone lost their life.
Christina216 2/13/2014 1:38:05 PM Report

highway has been open...condolences to the family
St. John 2/13/2014 3:25:48 PM Report

Some of your comments are too much.
Really sorry to hear of your two hour delay in getting home.

A young police officer is never going home again.
I'm betting his kids and wife wish it was only a two hour delay.
Christina216 2/13/2014 4:27:03 PM Report

well St.John. if you would have seen this earlier you would have seen i posted my condolences before my next comment...somehow my first comment was deleted.
R0FL0L 2/13/2014 6:10:03 PM Report

My condolences to the family
AND my thoughts are with the truck driver as this must be a terrible event for him too. I can't imagine what he is going through. It does not matter who is at fault at this time. The police will determine this. It is just terrible for everyone involved.
And Christina216 it happened to me too. A different post.
I did not write anything negative. I just had pointed someone out who had made a real inappropriate remark. I then continued with my best wishes to the family and my post was removed. No idea who decides what stays and what goes. bothersome? weird?
Tag33&1/3rd 2/13/2014 6:26:53 PM Report

Also the point of divided highway was supposed to happen decades ago!
It is winter - I am sure if was an accident meaning nobody to blame.
Condolences to all effected.
Zing 2/13/2014 7:29:46 PM Report

Rumour has it , the guy was a cop on his way to work.

Sad event.
Sam C 2/13/2014 8:27:14 PM Report

It does seem that many collisions involve tractor-trailers, but... given the sheer volume of trucks on the road, the number involved in collisions is quite small.

As far as assessing blame, I am content to wait for the professional investigators to determine what happened.
rotciv 2/14/2014 9:18:52 AM Report

The percentage of accidents involving transports is low that is a joke, 90% of the accidents they cause are from speeding and no respect for other drivers on the road . When they hit a passenger vehicle usually the people in the car get killed and the truck driver sustains minor injuries. They know that and intimidate people on the road. I drive high 17 from Bruce Mines daily and I have had my fair share of driver intimidation .Not all truckers are like that thank God but there the few aholes that think they own the road. How many times do you see them being pulled over for highway violations.I have never seen it, now is the time to curb these guys . What happened to speed governors and recorders that were mandatory they seem to have all the engine power to speed over 110 km
Stugatzu 2/15/2014 11:00:19 AM Report

You should become a commercial truck driver, and then see if your opinion on who the problem on the road is changes. I assure you, it will.

You four-wheel drivers have absolutely no clue what is involved in getting a vehicle that weighs 42,000lbs empty, and 110,000+ lbs loaded...and is upwards of 70ft in length... up to traffic speed, around tight corners, into the correct lane.... slowing down... etc.. safely.

Commercial trucks by far and wide, in this country are the LEAST respected vehicle on the road, next to motorcycles.

I drive commercially, and there isn't a day where at least five slack jawed Soo yokels put me in a dangerous position and eliminate my braking/stopping distances... and make it unsafe for _THEM_. I'll tear through them like they were made out of tissue paper...without a doubt... killing them.
I'll walk away, possibly injured. They'll be carried out in a body bag.

Should I feel sad about that? No, I'm being forced into a situation... and I have to consider my own life and the safety of others.... and my own life comes first.
boilertyme 2/15/2014 1:16:23 PM Report

There ya go, less transports, less situations.
kingpin88 2/16/2014 12:47:33 AM Report

Transports don't drive around visiting gramma picking up kids at school going thru every drive thru imaginable just driving around to be snoppy they're out there doing a job if more car drivers would take transit there be less problems if a driver has issues around trucks maybe you need to get educated on how to share the road with them besides ask a cyclist what they fear most?
stugots44 2/16/2014 6:11:29 AM Report

Have noticed more transport drivers using cell phones and texting while they are driving. You can really notice them texting at night. This is a fact. This is a real concern. Hope the police will take notice and in force the law to stop this dangerous act.
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