Highway collision: 11/17 near McFarlane road

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A serious highway collision has happened west of the city this evening.

The collision involves at least one small vehicle and a “B-train” style transport that appears to be carrying a liquid, possibly fuel. The transport truck appears to be from “Paul’s Hauling”.

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The vehicle appears to be completely destroyed and the transport was in the ditch in the dark, so the front of the vehicle was unable to be viewed at the time we went there. But below you can see a community submitted photo from earlier when the sun was illuminating the vicinity.

The MTO was on scene with a tow truck, along with several civilian vehicles.

We have no word yet if any injuries were sustained, but judging by the condition of the small vehicle, it would be a modern day miracle if everyone walked away in good health.

The road is open in both directions.

*** UPDATE from OPP

On Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at approximately 4:59 pm, officers from the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on Highway 11/17, west of Wing Road.

The female driver of a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) was west bound on Highway 11/17 when it was reported that the driver side swiped an east bound school bus on Highway 11/17, near Fraser Road. There were no students on the bus at the time of the incident.

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The driver of the SUV continued to drive west bound and collided with an east bound tanker truck (B-train double tanker truck – empty), on Highway 11/17 west of Wing Road.

Both the tanker truck and SUV came to rest in the west bound ditch. The driver of the tanker truck was not injured. The driver of the SUV was transported to hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The SUV sustained extensive damage.

The driver of the SUV was charged with Unsafe Move-Lane or Shoulder contrary to section 154(1)(a) of the Highway Traffic Act.

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