The Sault Ste. Marie OPP detachment is urging motorists to slow down along stretches of the Trans Canada highway where construction zones are in play. Last night, (July 30th) around 7:30 pm, a three vehicle collision happened near the Haviland Shores causeway where there is an active construction zone.
“Three trucks were involved, all northbound on Hwy 17.” Sgt Manuela Byrnes told Superior Media. “Two of the three trucks ran into the rear of each other, causing one to be hung up on the guardrail.”
One of the trucks was towing a U-Haul and one of the trucks was towing a recreational trailer.
Sgt. Byrnes stated that the potential for one of the construction zone flag people to have been seriously injured was apparent and the fact there were no life-threatening injuries is remarkable.
“Goulais Fire and Rescue were on the scene very quickly.” she said. “Sault EMS paramedics also attended at the scene.”
Goulais Fire and Rescue further helped to negotiate traffic which was backed up for approximately 4 hours. “With their help, we were able to intermittently allow for some traffic flow.”
Sgt Byrnes said that one of the challenging pieces of the accident was getting the tow trucks maneuvered into place.
“As a result of the investigation, two of the three drivers have been charged.”
As the long weekend approaches, the OPP will be out in full force on our highways and waterways. And thank goodness for that.
Please exercise caution when driving.