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Updated: GSPS officer was the person killed in fatal Hwy. 69 crash

The officer was a 37-year-old from Sudbury, and driving the southbound pickup truck involved in the crash  
The scene of the fatal collision on Hwy. 69 Thursday afternoon. (Supplied)

Updated July 5 at 2 p.m.

The OPP has confirmed both the pickup truck driver killed in the collision (who, according to Greater Sudbury Police, was one of the service's officers) and the injured fuel tanker driver are male. The deceased man's name is not being released by either the OPP or Greater Sudbury Police at this time. 

Updated July 5 at 12 p.m.

Greater Sudbury Police have confirmed the crash that killed one of its members was the one that occurred on Highway 69 near the French River Thursday afternoon.

The West Parry Sound OPP have also released a few more details about this fatal collision.

They say it occurred on Highway 69 six kilometres south of the French River at around 12:39 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

As previously reported, the collision involved a pickup truck and a fuel tanker truck.

The driver of the southbound pickup truck, who was killed in the crash, is a 37-year-old from Sudbury — the GSPS officer.

No other personal details about the police officer who died have been released by either the OPP or the GSPS, including name, gender or the officer's rank.

The 59-year-old driver of the northbound fuel tanker truck, who is from Rayside-Balfour, was transported to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

A post-mortem examination is expected to occur Friday. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Highway 69 was closed for around 10 hours while the OPP investigated the collision.

Original story:

In a press release, Greater Sudbury Police confirmed “with heartfelt sadness” Friday morning that one of its members died in a motor vehicle collision July 4.

While police didn't say specifically where the crash occurred, there was a fatal collision involving a pickup truck and a diesel tanker on Highway 69 south of French River Thursday afternoon. 

The driver of the pickup truck was killed.

GSPS did say the Parry Sound OPP are investigating the cause of the crash that took the life of the police officer.

At the request of the family, Greater Sudbury Police will not release the name of the officer who died. They say they are respecting the family's “privacy during this very difficult and emotional time.”

“Our deepest condolences are extended to family and friends,” said the press release.