Update – Two Dead in Accident on Highway 11/17

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THUNDER BAY – There were two dead and four injured in an accident on Highway 11/17 that happened near Pearl Road 5, in the Municipality of Shuniah

The Ontario Provincial Police report that “On August 19, 2019, at approximately 6:05 p.m., 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.”

The preliminary investigation has shown 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 two occupants from the SUV were pronounced deceased at the scene. The identification of the two occupants is being withheld pending next of kin notification.

The four occupants of the pick-up truck were transported to hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the TTU was not injured.

OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) attended the scene to assist with the investigation. Highway 11/17 was closed for approximately eight hours while the investigation was conducted.

The investigation is continuing.