THUNDER BAY – A serious motor vehicle accident sent three people to the hospital. On Friday, December 29, 2017 at approximately 8:58 pm, officers from the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Thunder Bay Police Service, Thunder Bay Fire Service and Superior North Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responded to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 61, south of the Broadway Avenue intersection.
The driver of a white, mid-size vehicle was southbound when the driver lost control and collided with a northbound, white, mid-size vehicle.
The driver of the southbound vehicle had to be extricated by firefighters and was transported to Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
Three occupants of the north bound vehicle were transported to hospital by ambulance. Two of the occupants suffered serious injuries. Sources tell NetNewsLedger that one person suffered spinal injuries and internal injuries and has since been transferred to a medical facility in southern Ontario for treatment.
The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.
The extended closure of the James Street Swing Bridge has made the stretch of highways between Fort William First Nation and the City of Thunder Bay the scene of numerous motor vehicle accidents.
The efforts to either open the James Street Bridge to traffic or to move forward with a new bridge remain at an apparent standstill.