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Highway collision sends truck driver to hospital

OPP are investigating a Highway 17 collision that sent a tractor trailer driver to hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

MARATHON, Ont. – One person was sent to hospital with major injuries after a tractor trailer collides with rock cut.

Ontario Provincial Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision Tuesday around 2:05 p.m. on Highway 17, west of Marathon.

According to a police release, an eastbound tractor trailer left the roadway on a corner coming into contact with the eastbound guardrails then crossed the roadway and came into contact with a rock cut in the westbound ditch.

Police say the vehicle struck the rock-cut head-on causing it to jackknife, coming to rest with the tractor being pinned between the trailer and the rock cut.

The 38-year-old driver, Imran Bashir from Mississauga, was unable to exit the vehicle and had to be extracted by Marathon, Schreiber and Terrace Bay fire departments.

The driver received major injuries and was transported to a local hospital by Marathon Emergency Medical Services.

The driver was then transferred to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre for further treatment.

The highway was closed for about six hours then opened to one lane for about one hour, but because of weather conditions and the location of the MVC the removal of the tractor trailer and cleanup will continue on Wednesday.

The OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation unit attended and the investigation is ongoing in this MVC.

Police want to remind motorists to use caution when driving in this area over the next few days while cleanup is being conducted. Try not to drive at night or when visibility is poor due to fog or heavy rain. If you are fatigued, please pull over and rest.

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