A Sault Ste. Marie resident has been identified as one of two victims of a fatal crash that happened on Highway 17 near Nipigon on the afternoon of Nov. 29.
Constable Tanya Brennan of the Nipigon OPP Detachment confirmed the identities of the two victims as 61-year-old Deborah Mills of Sault Ste. Marie, and 48-year-old Paul Ayers of Edmonton.
Full text of a news release issued today by OPP follows:
On Nov. 29, 2022 at approximately 2:51 p.m., members of the Nipigon Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment, Nipigon Fire, and Superior Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to a report of a serious two-vehicle collision on Highway 17 approximately 25 km east of Nipigon. The collision involved a passenger motor vehicle and a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
Deborah Mills, 61-year-old from the passenger motor vehicle has been confirmed deceased as a result of the collision.
Paul Ayers, 48-year-old was transported to hospital with critical injuries and has been confirmed deceased as he succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
The driver of the CMV was transported to hospital by EMS with undetermined injuries. The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.
All lanes of Highway 17 east of Nipigon have been re-opened.
Anyone with information regarding this or any incident is asked to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).