Fatal Highway 17 Collision, Transport and Plow

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(SPANISH, ON) – On Sunday, January 5th, 2020, at 11:45 p.m., members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Algoma Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Sables-Spanish River Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 17 east of the Town of Spanish.

The investigation has since revealed that an eastbound tractor-trailer collided with a westbound plow truck. The operator of the tractor-trailer was confirmed deceased at the scene. The operator of the plow truck was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

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The OPP Technical Collision Investigators have been deployed to assist in the investigation and the Ministry of Labour has been contacted.

The investigation is on-going at this time and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Passenger vehicles only can utilize a detour in Spanish from John St. to Lewis Street to Cutler Avenue in order to by-pass the road closure.

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Highway 17 currently remains closed to commercial vehicles (transports) from Highway 108 to Walford. There is no detour capable of allowing commercial traffic through at this time.

Source: OPP

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