Serious Collision on Highway 17B – Highway Now Open


Highway 17B has been reopened. The highway had been closed due to a fatal two vehicle collision since 10:43 p.m. Friday night, approximately 9 hours.



11:15 p.m. – Sault Ste. Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police advise of the following Road Closure:


Highway 17B in Garden River First Nation between Hwy 17 in Sault Ste. Marie and Highway 638 in Echo Bay.


The OPP have initiated a closure of Highway 17B in Garden River First Nation due to a two vehicle collision. Emergency Services and Police Collision Investigators are on scene.


11:09 p.m. – There are detours in place for traffic to go around the collision scene. Detours are at #Hwy17 & #Hwy17B on the west side (Sault Ste. Marie) and #Hwy17B & #Hwy638 on the east side (Echo Bay).


10:43 p.m. – SaultOnline has received a report of a serious collision between two vehicles on Highway 17B between Sweet Grass Road and Echo River Road in the Squirrel Island area. OPP are diverting traffic. Please use caution if transiting the area or choose an alternate route if possible to avoid emergency responders.

We will provide updates when they become available.


  1. Yes by all means m presage waste our tax payers money to make sure people do not travel on 17 b and hang up our polic force so they are not available for emergencies! I drive through on 17b and drive according to speed limits and have people who turn into driveways in the reserve blast past me doing well over limit. Look around before you point fingers!

  2. It’s a frigging community. Drive around or at least respect the speed limits that are posted. Driving around at the speed limit takes an extra five minutes. Five minutes without worrying about pedestrians, or dogs, or whatever else you might see in a COMMUNITY. People are dying and at risk of dying because some folks can’t just drive around. Talk about selfish.

  3. Actually the new highway was built so eventually there can be a four lane from Sudbury to the sault. Had nothing to do with thru traffic. If they could’ve put a four lane thru the village without tearing houses down, they would have.

  4. My Lesage, you are a piece of work. So what you are saying is nobody but natives should be allowed to travel the highway because it’s on the reserve. That’s like saying if your not native you can’t travel a highway off reserve. You are some kind of stupid join the 21st century. Just hope all involved are ok.

    • what he is saying is that drivers should use the new fourlane highyway instead of going thru our community at 90 miles an hour god forbid we go thru your community at breakneck speed or worse kill a innocent person there would be hell to pay….so please use the new highway that is what it was built for

      • What lunatic drivers only drive through your comunity? Let me guess they are all non-natives too?

        Come and sit on my street or my sisters, nuts flying up and down the road all day. Hell I can’t even drive to the corner store without having to take evasive maneuvers to avoid some idiot.

        This town has the worst drivers I’ve ever seen and I’ve lived and traveled all over Ontario and europe. Maybe there is more then just brown stuff in the water.

  5. I think the APS officers should be stringent in ” encouraging” thru traffic to the new highway. Is there a way they can can be posted or stationed at each end of the reserve. to see if they are community members or have business on GRFN and have appropriate identification.
    That is why new highway was built!!!!

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