One Crash Leads To Another, Drivers Charged


At approximately 9:35 am on July 8, 2014 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Highway 17 in Laird Township.

A car traveling westbound with three occupants left the roadway and rolled over into the ditch.
A female passenger was transported to hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
As a result of police investigation, twenty year old Marie Derochers of Longueuil, Quebec was charged with Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

While emergency personnel were at the scene of the single motor vehicle rollover a second collision occurred.

Traffic had been opened to one westbound lane and was moving past the scene. A westbound pick up truck approached the area at a high rate of speed, and collided with the rear end of a westbound vehicle traveling in front of it.

Sixty-six year old Keith Croft of Longview St. Blind River, Ontario was charged with Careless Driving contrary to the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario.

In Ontario, Section 159 (2)(3) of the Highway Traffic Act requires drivers to slow down and proceed with caution when passing an emergency vehicle parked on the side of the highway with its lights activated. OPP urges motorists to obey Move Over laws to ensure the safety of all emergency personnel. Their own lives will be endangered by drivers who do not obey Move Over Legislation.