Fatal Crash under Investigation by OPP

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THUNDER BAY – On Sunday December 31, 2017 at approximately 1:00pm, officers from the Nipigon and Thunder Bay Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), OPP Traffic Collision Investigators (TCI) and the OPP Highway Safety Division (HSD) as well as Shuniah Fire Department, and Superior North Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responded to a three-vehicle collision on Highway 11-17 near Pearl Road 5.

The preliminary investigation found that an eastbound bound pickup truck crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with a westbound tractor-trailer, subsequently, a secondary collision occurred between the pickup truck and a second westbound tractor-trailer.

The 78-year-old male driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other occupants in that vehicle

The passengers of the tractor-trailer units were not injured.

The identification of the deceased male is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Highway 11-17 was closed for approximately 6 hours while the investigation was conducted.

The investigation is continuing.

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