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Speed possibly a factor in fatal Onaping crash on Jan. 25

SUV and GOVA Plus bus collided head-on in three vehicle crash that left a 61-year-old man dead

Police continue to investigate a three-vehicle crash that closed Highway 144 in Onaping last night and left a 61-year-old man dead.

Greater Sudbury Police, Greater Sudbury Fire Services and Great Greater Sudbury Paramedic Services were dispatched to the scene at around 7:25 p.m. on Jan. 25.

“Information provided was that a SUV was travelling westbound on Hwy 144, when the driver lost control failing to negotiate the turn ramp onto MR8 (Municipal Road 8) and collided head on with a GOVA Plus bus travelling southbound,” GSPS said in a news release. “A third vehicle travelling behind the bus also struck the bus after the head on collision occurred.”

Greater Sudbury Fire Services had to extricate the SUV driver from their vehicle in order for paramedics to begin lifesaving measures.

“Unfortunately, the 61-year-old driver succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene,” police said.

The driver of the GOVA Plus bus, which was not carrying passengers at the time, was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the third vehicle was not injured. 

“Members of the Traffic Management Unit and Forensic Unit attended the scene and based on the preliminary investigation, officers believe speed is a contributing factor to this collision,” GSPS said.

The name of the deceased has not been released. 

Anyone with information related to this collision or with dash camera footage from the area prior to the collision is asked to contact police at 705-675-9171 or Crime Stoppers at 705-222-8477.

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