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Hwy 144 crash Sunday claims life of Espanola resident

A passenger vehicle and a motorcycle collided in Chelmsford just after 5 p.m. on May 19

The crash that closed Highway 144 in Chelmsford on Sunday claimed the life of an Espanola resident.

The Nipissing West Ontario Provincial Police detachment said they, along with Greater Sudbury Fire Services and Greater Sudbury Paramedic Services, were dispatched to the scene at the intersection of Highway 144 and Lavallee Road just after 5 p.m. on May 19.

“The driver of the motorcycle, a 33-year-old-person from Espanola, was transported to the local hospital by ambulance, with serious life-threatening injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital,” OPP said in a news release.

Although the notice of reopening wasn't posted by OPP or 511 Ontario until around midnight May 20, police said Monday the roadway was closed for under three hours.