THUNDER BAY – The Ontario Provincial Police have provided a third update on the multiple vehicle accident on Highway 11/17 yesterday. The OPP have released the name of the deceased as well as family members have been notified.
The two occupants from the SUV were pronounced deceased at the scene. They have been identified as Joann MENDOWEGAN, 61 years of age, from Thunder Bay and Christopher TOWEGISHIG, 46 years of age, from Greenstone.
OPP report that on August 19, 2019, at approximately 6:05 pm, officers from the Thunder Bay and Nipigon Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Shuniah Fire and Emergency Services and Superior North Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responded to a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 11/17 near Pearl Road 5, in the Municipality of Shuniah.
Preliminary investigation revealed that an eastbound Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) attempted to make a left turn into a rest stop located along Highway 11/17 when it was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer unit (TTU). The SUV then collided with a westbound pick-up truck.
The driver of the TTU has been charged with Careless Driving contrary to section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act.
The investigation is continuing.