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Fatal highway collision near Blind River (photo added)

Friday, May 30, 2014   by: Staff



On May 29, 2014 at 4:40 p.m. officer from the East Algoma detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call of a collision involving a car and a tractor trailer 20 kilometres east of Blind River in Spragge. 

Upon arrival police learned a westbound car crossed into the path of an eastbound tractor trailer. 

The collision caused the two vehicles to catch fire and skid eastbound coming to rest in the ditch. 

Township of the Northshore Fire Department attended the scene to extinguish the fire and both vehicles were destroyed as a result.

The driver of the tractor trailer escaped uninjured and the driver of the car was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The collision resulted in Highway 17 being closed overnight to large vehicles with a detour set up for smaller vehicles.

The identity of the deceased is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

The collision is still under investigation by officers from the East Algoma OPP detachment with the assistance of a Technical Traffic Collision Investigator (TTCI) from the OPP.


( received the above photo from a reader who was at the scene of the accident.)

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Mark E. 5/30/2014 11:23:01 AM Report

Sorry for the loss to the family of the deceased.
MYPOINT 5/30/2014 12:03:16 PM Report

My sympathies to the families involved :(

As a side note, this is just another example of how this accident would probably NOT have happened if this had been a 4 lane highway! Instead of someone saying that it would cost billions to build this type of highway across the entire north, just imagine how many lives could be saved. It begs the question .. " Which costs more, billions of dollars or someone's life?"

This is only my opinion :)
tommy_boi07 5/30/2014 12:12:23 PM Report

While I may agree with your opinion on the four laneing, there is a time and a place for such a debate. The name of the deceased hasn't even been released yet, I would think it would be better to allow the family to grieve before blame is assigned and such a debate happens. Just my opinion. Condolences to the family during such an unthinkable time of loss.
Prrrrrrr 5/30/2014 12:43:47 PM Report

Actually this is the exact time this should be discussed, if I had a family member die that way I'd be screaming HOW MANY MORE????
thera 5/30/2014 1:31:29 PM Report

You shouldn't be surprised that the government would care more about saving money than people's lives. Car companies do this all the time - they figure out what costs the company less: money lost recalling cars or money lost from being sued. They don't care, the government doesn't care, it has and always will be about the bottom line.
Mr. Poster 5/30/2014 1:54:54 PM Report

Having lost a daughter to a crash on the same highway 17...I am in full support of getting this highway 4 laned.It seems the only time it gets discussed is when another tragedy occurs.
highway1 5/30/2014 2:20:10 PM Report

I just returned from south of Sudbury - we need a four lane all the way. The highway is bumpy and in need of resurfacing at least.
ranny 5/30/2014 3:56:25 PM Report

Sorry to the family and friends for their lost.

The government should start building 4 lanes up north. Never mind building more highways for Toronto. Tired of us Northern people getting the scraps and seeing innocent life taken away. All because one politician says "the way of the north".
superior87 5/30/2014 4:39:37 PM Report

Prrr - no, it's not the best time, as evidenced by some of the comments. Emotional, reactive decisions are not the best way to make decisions. The best way to make decisions is to study an issue and come to a decision after having all of the facts.

Choosing something because adrenaline and emotion is up is not the way to make level-headed decisions.
PTAR 5/30/2014 4:49:42 PM Report

Condolences to the family... a real tragedy... how many more deaths are to occur on this death trap of a highway.... national highway what a joke and embarrassment.... and I know a family who lost their 17 year old son near Sudbury because of this highway and they have stated their disgust openly while mourning their beloved son.... so Stfu when you say now is not the time, we keep letting the bastards in Toronto off the hook continuously by saying nothing...
PTAR 5/30/2014 4:51:14 PM Report

Tell us superior.... how many studies have to be made... I guess cost is more important to you than the death of a loved one by your ignorant and stupid comment
AlwaysAWinner 5/30/2014 7:12:11 PM Report


the truth is when you make it 4 lanes, you will STILL HAVE ACCIDENTS


accidents will still happen

4 lanes doesn't equal saved lives. accidents happen. stuff happens. stop thinking two more lanes suddenly brings angels to the highways
PTAR 5/30/2014 8:11:47 PM Report

Unbelievable.... smfh... when was the last time a head on collision with a vehicle occurred on a divided four lane highway ... of course John Candy... my mistake
right wing 5/30/2014 8:50:56 PM Report

The cause of this accident is unknown.
I travel many miles per year on our local highways.
Driving with patience is one of the best things you can learn.
Impatient kills, even on the best highways.

Condolences to the family.

Frio 5/30/2014 9:56:44 PM Report

The cause as reported by the OPP is a west bound car crossed into the path of an eastbound tractor trailer. When drivers stay on their paved lane and don't cross over into oncoming traffic or run off the shoulder into the ditch,trees and rock cuts the chances of being killed are reduced to almost nil. Driving defensively and according to visibility, road and weather conditions, within speed limits, awake and alert and with patience should go without saying. Nothing is more important than everyone using the highway arrives alive and well at their destination..
Sam C 5/30/2014 10:27:42 PM Report

MYPOINT... the key word in your statement is "probably." Four-lane divided highways are, generally speaking, safer, but there is still the possibility of a fatal collision.

toodles 5/31/2014 6:38:46 AM Report

My deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased, as well as the transport driver. I can even begin to imagine what is going through his head due to this accident.

The people up in Fort McMurray Alberta are fighting the same battle as you in northern Ontario. There are so many accidents on both those highways. The government knows about it, yet they are very slow going on getting the 4 lane highways done. The question is, how many more people have to die because of it? Who knows. Apparently, these highways of death are not very high up on their agendas. But then again, you're in northern Ontario...when has been living there counted for much according to the government??? And btw, I am from the Soo and I also lived in Fort McMurray, so yes, I know exactly what those highways are like.
MYPOINT 5/31/2014 6:45:53 AM Report

@Sam C

You are correct. I did use the word PROBABLY. Thank you for reading my post carefully as you obviously did. Although I did not imply that there would not be accidents if a highway was 4 - laned, I am sure you will agree that there would be fewer of them for sure.

In my humble opinion, even ONE life saved would make this project worthwhile. Of course, we both know that there will be some who post on here who will argue this point so I will say no more for now.

The above is MY opinion only :)

Sammy1099 5/31/2014 7:08:22 AM Report

It’s the Trans Canada highway it should be four lanes. The other annoyance is every 5km some asshole puts a house beside it and everybody has to slow down to 50km/hr.

Even if they were to start a serious discussion about it today it would be ten years before the first shovel hit the ground. How long did it take to build the bypass around echo bay? What was that like ten years? Look how long it takes them to do Queen Street. They do one or two blocks a year. It amazes me they can build a highway from Seattle to Alaska quicker then they can redo Queen. That was done with 50 year old technology. Our grandchildren will be dead and gone before a four lane black top is finished, if it were to start tomorrow.

The construction industry and politicians are all crooks, look at Quebec. I assume it’s no different here. I worked in construction during the summers to pay my tuition and we used to travel. Why didn’t the city get a crew to come here and do Queen in a reasonable time frame? Half the time I look down Queen and nobody is even there, WTF. To have a major artery unusable for years now every summer is absurd, by the time they finish it they will have to redo Wellington. I guess its good job security for whoever gets the contract.
SuzyyQ 5/31/2014 7:39:03 AM Report

Can someone "in the know" explain why Canada is giving millions of dollars to a summit to help women in third world countries? I don't know all the facts, so someone please indulge me. If Canada has disposible income then why don't they get highway 17 widened into 4 lanes ?????
Frio 5/31/2014 3:56:16 PM Report

Suzy Q...Perhaps because Canada is participating in an effort by the more well off world countries for the reduction of maternal, infant and child mortality in developing countries...2.9 million babies die in the first month of life, 1 million on the first day.. It makes investing billions at $10 million a km. to 4 lane Hwy 17 to try and save a few people from killing themselves or others by careless driving on the existing two lane highway seem pretty insignificant. Canada is already living on borrowed money, at all 3 levels of government so there isn't actually any disposable money..
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