1:40 p.m. Update- We were able to speak with someone who could see the scene. She told us there were a minimum of 6 vehicles involved. Police are also asking people to avoid the area.
Sault Police Services Communications Manager Lincoln Louttit provided this at shortly after 1 p.m. –
“Officers remain on scene of a multi-vehicle collision that took place in the 2600 block of Great Northern Road.
Original Update – Highway 17 North remains closed with emergency responders at the scene commenting that it may be several hours before traffic starts flowing again as investigation and cleanup efforts are expected to continue well into the day.
This closure is the result of a collision involving a transport truck which has resulted in several people being rushed to hospital.
SaultOnline can verify that a minimum of 5 ambulances with full lights and sirens were seen leaving the scene en route to Sault Area Hospital. We have been able to confirm that multiple individuals required extrication from vehicles involved in the collision.
Sault Area Hospital is treating the victims,* According to Brandy Sharp-Young they did ask for some help but did not declare a Code Orange.
“SAH did issue a trauma alert in support of the hospital’s response to the accident,” said Sharp-Young in a statement to SaultOnline.
OPP Officers were on scene and could be seen advising motorists that the highway is expected to be closed all day as the investigation into the cause collision gets underway.
The only available detour at this moment for northbound traffic is to backtrack to Thessalon along Highway 17 East, and access Highway 129 to Highway 101 and over to Wawa. For southbound traffic, take Highway 101 at Wawa through to Highway 129, down to Highway 17 at Thessalon.
Motorists are still being asked to avoid the area of the collision to ensure the safety of emergency responders working at the scene of the collision.
We will bring you more information as it becomes available.
*The original story said that Sault Area Hospital had declared a code orange based off information we had from a staff member. Brandy Sharp-Young, Communications Manager for Hospital has since clarified this didn’t happen. We regret the mistake.