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OPP identify two victims of fatal highway crash

Investigation continues into a collision between two transport trucks that claimed the lives of two Winnipeg residents
An aerial photo shows the aftermath of Sunday's fatal collision between two transport trucks on Highway 11/17 near Finmark Road. Repairs to the highway were underway Monday (Facebook/Highway 11/17 Kills People/Henry Latkolik)

THUNDER BAY — Ontario Provincial Police have confirmed the identities of the two people who died as the result of a fiery collision west of Thunder Bay early Sunday.

In a brief statement Monday afternoon, OPP spokesperson Const. Matt Foster said the deceased were 23 and 34 years old, and were residents of Winnipeg.

Their identities have not been disclosed.

Foster said two other individuals riding in the second of two transport trucks that collided on Highway 11/17 in the Shabaqua area at 3:30 a.m. remain in Thunder Bay hospital with serious injuries.

"Our thoughts are with the families affected by this collision. We are thinking of them through this tragic time," Foster said. 

He thanked members of the motoring public for their patience during Sunday's day-long closure of both lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway.

The Ministry of Transportation said eastbound and westbound traffic would be allowed through the collision site on a single lane on alternating basis into the night on Monday while a crew worked to repair a damaged section of the road surface.

OPP continue to investigate the circumstances behind the collision.


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