(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Last night, shortly after 11:00 pm, officers with the Thunder Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, firefighters with the Kaministiquia Fire Department and paramedics with Superior North EMS responded to a serious collision near the intersection of Highway 12/Dawson Road and Highway 11/17.
Upon arrival, it was noted that two tractor-trailer units had collided head-on. Preliminary investigation revealed that one of the tractor-trailers had crossed the yellow centre line of the highway, and struck the oncoming tractor-trailer unit head-on.
Both vehicles were seriously mangled. The driver and passenger of the eastbound CMV as well as the driver of the westbound CMV were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Identification of the deceased is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
A serious fire developed and firefighters managed to put the fire out. Although, we are hearing that the fire may have started back up late this morning, resulting in firefighters needing to return to the scene.
Police have not set an estimated time that the highway would reopen.
Northern Ontario highways are rarely divided at all, and often only have a strip of paint separating traffic that is travelling in opposite directions.