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Male seriously injured in highway collision (updated)

Friday, May 23, 2014   by: Staff



2:30 p.m. update

ESPANOLA – On May 23, 2014 at approximately 6:40 a.m., officers from the Espanola Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a two vehicle collision on Highway 17, near Manninen Road, Lorne Township.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a westbound passenger vehicle struck an eastbound tractor-trailer. 

The 23-year-old male driver, of the passenger vehicle, was air lifted to the hospital with serious injuries and is listed in critical but stable condition. 

The 59-year-old male driver, of the tractor trailer was also transported to hospital via ambulance where he was treated for minor injuries and later released.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of an OPP Collision Reconstructionist and an OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigator who are on-scene at this time. 

The highway is now open.


12:08 p.m. update

Espanola OPP report that traffic is now moving in one lane on Highway 17.

11:56 a.m. update

Ontario Provincial Police in Sudbury said at 11:50 a.m. that Highway 17 between Espanola and Sudbury is expected to open to one lane within the next half hour after a two-vehicle collision that took place early this morning.

The closure is at Manninen Road, in Walden.

No details have been released about the crash. spoke with one motorist who said he had been stuck in traffic for hours on his way back to Sault Ste. Marie.

Watch for updates.


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MYPOINT 5/23/2014 2:41:25 PM Report

Imagine what it is going to be like if you are waiting for the Sault Star ( or is it the North Bay Star now ) to get here in these kinds of situations. The news in this paper will not only be one day late, it will most likely be a minimum of two days late by the time it gets to local homes.

Oh the joys of having many of our local businesses moving out of town and still hoping for local support.

As always, your views may differ from mine :)
shju 5/23/2014 3:50:34 PM Report

2 people are in the hospital, one in critical condition and you are commenting on how it will affect your Sault Star paper.... a paper. Shame on you.
bml69 5/23/2014 4:24:39 PM Report

To the family: I am wishing peace and love for you. I hope your boy is ok. you are in my thoughts.
CB4 5/23/2014 5:34:58 PM Report

Ppl actually buy the sault star, its online and well , make your own judgement. I wouldnt pay for it
Tag33&1/3rd 5/23/2014 6:21:59 PM Report

Able to buy it or have it delivered will be the same amount of wait time! Seniors who have been dedicated for years to their morning paper on the ones that are screwed here! Online papers suck especially to them! Its a shame!

And DEFINATELY first of all --prayers and thoughts with the families of this highway accident! Why did Sault Star subject come up? Cause of road closures --he had a point! (also winter conditions)
jojoe71 5/23/2014 9:34:38 PM Report

Why do we need the Sault star when we have Sootoday ?
MYPOINT 5/23/2014 9:44:26 PM Report


Of course my sympathies go out to those families affected by this accident - that is just common sense. That was not what I was trying to put across with my post.

What I was trying to put across was the fact that those who own the (for now ) Sault Star have not thought out their decision to abandon the local people who have helped that newspaper over the many, many years that it has been in existence here in the Sault. For them to simply abandon this city and move to a smaller city to the south is the shameful thing in my opinion.

This accident happened on our roads in the summertime and if you have lived here long enough, you should realize that our highways in the north are in much worse condition during the winter months. That is what I was trying to say with this post so ' chill out ' before you make absurd accusations!

As always, your views may differ :)

bugalugs 5/24/2014 8:34:54 AM Report

The bigger picture...another person almost killed on these hwys, make it all four lanes, it's a trans Canada hwy! So many people have died in this area...not only will it make it safer but create badly needed jobs! Lord knows we pay enough in taxes to deserve this!
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