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Victim identified in fatal Highway 17 crash

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A collision involving multiple vehicles on Highway 17 in Batchawana Bay on Saturday has claimed the life of Batchawana Bay resident Kathleen Willison.

A news release issued today by the Sault Ste. Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) states that the 42-year-old victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Full text of the OPP release follows:

TILLEY TOWNSHIP - Members of the Sault Ste. Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently at the scene of a fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 17 north in Batchawana Bay involving a tractor trailer and motor vehicle.
 
Sault OPP along with the assistance of the Batchawana Volunteer Fire Department and an Ontario Provincial Police Technical Traffic Collision Investigator (TTCI) responded to the scene of a fatal motor vehicle collision on Highway 17 north near Batchawana Bay involving a tractor trailer and a motor vehicle on the 6 February 2021. Highway 17 was closed for 10 hours.
 
The investigation of the collision revealed that there were five motor vehicles involved, including two passenger vehicles and three tractor trailers. At the time of the collision visibility was poor.
 
The driver of one motor vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver was identified as 42-year-old Kathleen Willison of Batchawana Bay, Ont. No other injuries were reported.
 
An OPP TTCI is continuing with the investigation.