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

NEWS RELEASE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE ************************* 6:03 p.m update Location: Hwy 17, east of Blind River Fully Open to traffic in both directions. ************************* 4:45 p.m.
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NEWS RELEASE

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

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6:03 p.m update

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 http://www.mto.gov.on.ca 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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