On April 22nd, 2016, at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Algoma Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Garden River First Responders, the Garden River Fire and Rescue as well as the Echo Bay Fire and Rescue were called to attend a collision on Highway 17B in the area of Sweet Grass Street in Garden River First Nation, Ontario.
For reasons unknown at this time, a tractor trailer that was travelling east on Highway 17B collided with a passenger vehicle that was travelling west on 17B. The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to a local hospital, via ambulance, where he was treated and released.
The occupants of the passenger vehicle, Diane LONG, 56 and Cal LINK, 51 both of Bruce Mines, Ontario died as a result of the collision.
OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) were called in to assisted with the investigation. Traffic was re-routed around the crash scene while emergency crews worked to clear the roadway.