COLLISION: Highway 17 Tractor-Trailer

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(MARATHON, ON) – Once again, there is a highway collision in our region, this time it’s about 10 kilometres east of Marathon, Ontario.

At least one tractor-trailer unit is involved in what appears to be a very serious collision.

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Officers with the Marathon detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to the scene along with the fire department and Superior North EMS.

Injuries are uncertain at this point. The collision took place shortly after 10:30 am this morning.

The motoring public is asked to drive with caution when approaching the scene. Always remember to “slow down and move over” when first responders, including tow truck drivers, are working on any roadway, it’s the law.

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This is a developing story and we will have an update provided once more information is available.

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15 Replies to “COLLISION: Highway 17 Tractor-Trailer”

  1. All these “accidents” with semis am I the only one thinking that the trucking companies are putting far too many inexperienced drivers out there on the highways and that North Western Ontario highways are eating them up?

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    1. I have a tendency to agree with you just to many inexperienced drivers out there now hope no one was seriously injured never know when something will happen stay your distance away from them and stay safe.

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    2. U are correct its mostly all from Brampton or Vancouver Those people have ZERO fear of life not even their own lives they are idiots they should not be given licensees out of craker jack boxes like Ontario does

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  2. A person must be able to speak and read English to receive a CDL in America .
    It would be a good law to have in Canada to save lives

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    1. There are several factors when determining these crashes.
      Primarily what most do not know, is many of these newer trucks, that most of you only pay attention to when they are bottoms up is the amount of safety features like… collision avoidance systems, stability control. Anti roll. Idiot detection system etc…. all these systems are designed by people who have never driven a truck. All designed to keep joe public safe. Many times joe public will cut in too close or rapidly brake causing the truck to react accordingly. Many times it results in a slide, a jack knife, a roll or a collision. When these systems activate no two reactions are the same. These trucks are like driving a car. Zero thought process allowed or required to operate them. This combined with poor road conditions and outside influences stupidity causes alot more of these crashes then people realize. So you want safety?
      Then don’t cut in to close. Leave plenty of room. Like 3 truck lengths. Don’t slam your brakes on infront of a truck. Don’t pass on the right and be aware of the truck at all times. This will greatly improve your survival rate.

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  3. Drivers need to read, write, speak, and understand English or French before getting a license. These accidents all have a common factor, and government is too enamoured with mass immigration to address it. Glad my driving career is at the end, not the beginning.

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  4. Cory it is on the wrong side of the road with trailer in ditch that happens when using JUST the trailer brakes on ice or slippery roads or asleep. also trucking companies cannot get experienced drivers non are available. One big problem that I know is a fact is long haul drivers are paid by the mile not hourly with a max of 14 hrs. and if they were paid hourly you could not afford groceries

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  5. Wow a lot of assumptions being made here without the facts. I would just like to say I am very pleased to see the diversity immigration has offered. Many of these folks are hard working and respectful. I wonder how many are on welfare as opposed to the “home grown folks of Ontario”? Would be interesting to find out.

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    1. I think it’s just a case of playing the odds (as to stereotyping the drivers).

      Its well known that certain groups of immigrants are funneled into the trucking trade, there are whole organizations that facilitate and make this process appear to be the only way to stay in Canada for these folks. Its not their fault, other than not seeing a dangerous situation and/or just accepting the danger as part of becoming Canadian.
      The organizations will claim they are just filling a need. The companies that use these organizations will claim that they are following the rules. The licensing outfits will claim they are following the rules.
      So, we have poorly trained drivers pushing their limits with 20 ton rigs. Its hard enough in southern ontario roads, northern ontario roads are an elevated risk, and obviously some are failing.
      Its not a case of “race”, it’s a broken system that certain groups are falling into.
      We need to fix the system before more people get killed.

  6. Drivers with next to no real training or experience in adverse conditions or geography. Pay rates are disgustingly low for a skilled job like this that by and large can only attract newcomers that see this as a large step up from where in the world they are from. For a couple of dollars an hour less than what most are paid you are close to minimum wage here. Skilled experienced drivers have found places in the industry that pay reasonably well and there are no incentives from any company’s looking for drivers that would compel them to change jobs.

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  7. After the fatalities in the Humboldt Broncos crash I was hopeful that things in the trucking industry would change. I thought the government would be more proactive about safety and training but seems things didn’t change much.

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