Fatal collision on Hwy 17 sends several others to hospital

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Fatal collision on Hwy 17 sends several others to hospital
A collision along Highway 17 near Hawkesbury resulted in the death of one individual and sent several others to hospital Tuesday night, June 4. The two vehicles caught fire shortly after the accident, forcing the closure of Highway 17 for around eight hours. (Photo : File)

One person is dead and several others suffered serious and minor injuries after a Tuesday evening accident on Highway 17 between Golf Road and Tupper Road.

Police released a statement indicating the driver of one vehicle was declared dead by emergency services at the scene of an accident that saw two vehicles catch fire at around 4:45 p.m. Others were taken to hospital with «varying degrees of injuries,» according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). Police later clarified that two passengers were suffering from life-threatening injuries.

Prescott-Russell paramedics, Hawkesbury Fire Department, East Hawkesbury Fire Department all responded to the head-on collision.

Highway 17 between County Road 34 and Golf Road remained closed for eight hours before reopening around 12:40 a.m. Wednesday.

The collision remains under investigation, said the police.

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