The fatal collision happened on the same day officials from Renfrew County are in Toronto to discuss the high rate of crashes on Highway 17. (Paul Morisset/CBC )

A Pembroke woman is dead following a three-vehicle crash northwest of Renfrew along Highway 17.

Police say the crash happened near Haley's Station, Ont., Wednesday when a car travelling eastbound was struck by a dump truck travelling the opposite direction.

The driver of the dump truck had tried to stop for traffic waiting to turn off the highway but could not. The truck then rear-ended a transport truck and veered into the path of the car.

Jessica Fitzgerald, 32, was driving the car and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The man driving the dump truck, 55-year-old Terry Gogolin of Petawawa, was brought to Renfrew Victoria Hospital with minor injuries and has since been released.

Highway 17 remained closed in both directions for 14 hours between Chenaux and Foresters Falls. That is about 100 km west of Ottawa.

The investigation continues.

Coincidentally, officials from Renfrew County visited Toronto Wednesday to meet with Ontario Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli to discuss a high rate of crashes on that exact stretch of Hwy. 17.

There have already been five fatalities this year alone.