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OPP works with Alberta transportation ministry on Sistonen's Corner fatal collision

Alberta is expediting a review of the trucking company involved in the incident.
Sistonens Corner Crash Sept 11 2021
The wreckage of a transport truck involved in a collision that claimed two lives on Sept. 11, 2021 at Sistonen's Corner, west of Thunder Bay (submitted photo)

THUNDER BAY — Ontario Provincial Police are consulting with officials in the Alberta transportation ministry as they continue to investigate the collision that claimed the lives of two men earlier this month at Sistonen's Corner.

The 22-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer and a 38-year-old passenger died when their westbound vehicle slammed into an eastbound pickup truck pulling a 5th wheel trailer at the intersection of Highway 11/17 and Highway 102.

Four occupants of the pickup suffered serious injuries.

The tractor-trailer was owned by Edmonton-based Rock Rover Transport.

An OPP spokesperson said Tuesday that its investigators are working with both the company and Alberta Transportation, and are "still trying to determine why he [the transport truck driver] ran the stop sign."

Police received dash-camera video of the collision from two truckers who had been parked at the Petro-Canada fuelling station at Sistonen's Corner.

A spokesperson for Alberta Transportation told TBNewswatch that Rock Rover Transport is currently rated as a "conditional" carrier.

He said it has had some compliance issues in the past, related to roadside inspection violations.

The company's next review was scheduled for January 2022, but it will be expedited as a result of the collision.



Gary Rinne

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Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Gary started part-time at Tbnewswatch in 2016 after retiring from the CBC
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