On March 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm, members of the Cochrane OPP detachment responded to a head-on motor vehicle collision between two pick-up trucks along Highway 652, approximately 3 kilometers east of the Town of Cochrane. As a result of the collision, a 56 year old male from Quebec was pronounced dead at the scene. OPP Forensic Services and Technical Traffic Collision Investigators attended the scene as part of the police investigation. Highway 652 was once again opened to public travel at 3:00 am on March 22, 2013. The cause of the crash remains under investigation; however poor road conditions, visibility and speed may have been a factor in the collision.
Weather changes, particularly during the winter, can occur suddenly and dramatically in Northern Ontario. Without warning, sudden storms and plunging temperatures can drastically change road conditions and reduce visibility.
As a result of the circumstances surrounding this avoidable tragedy the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding motorists of how important it is to constantly adjust driving behaviour to poor road conditions and to set aside additional time to get to your destination.
The OPP is also asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the local detachment.
Contact: Constable Alain Cloutier
Community Services Officer
Authority: Staff Sergeant Mike Pilon