ORNGE plays significant role after Highway 17 collision

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An ORNGE PC-12 Pilatus landing at Sault Ste. Marie Airport, July 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

Sault Area Hospital told SaultOnline yesterday that they informed CritiCall, a government funded organization that manages trauma-related incidents, about yesterday’s collision.

We reached out to ORNGE, that organization that operates the province’s fleet of highly specialized aircrafts, to better understand the role they had in post-incident care yesterday.

Media Relations Specialist, Joshua McNamara, was able to share some details late last night.

“Four patients were transported by Ornge to hospitals across Ontario,” said McNamara. “Two patients were transported to Health Sciences North (HSN) in Sudbury and two patients were transported to London’s Victoria Hospital.”

London’s Victoria Hospital is a teaching hub and Children’s Hospital while Health Sciences North has specialists who can provide a higher, more specific level of care in some situations as compared to that which Sault Area Hospital is able to provide.

There is still no word from Sault Police Services as to the cause or update on any injuries. There have been no confirmed fatalities from this event as of the time of this writing, despite some rumours circulating in the community. To this end, SaultOnline has reached out to Sault Police Services to gain more information on these points.

Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to bring you up to date information on this ongoing tragedy.