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Fatal 6-vehicle crash closes Highway 17 just west of Arnprior, Ont.

A six-vehicle crash on Highway 17 in thick fog left one woman dead and another two people injured early Friday morning just west of Arnprior, Ont.

OPP warning drivers to slow down in thick fog

One person is dead after a six-vehicle crash in thick fog on Highway 17 just west of Arnprior, Ont., early Friday morning. (Robyn Miller/CBC)

A six-vehicle crash on Highway 17 in thick fog left one woman dead and another two people injured early Friday morning just west of Arnprior, Ont.

The collision, which involved one commercial truck and five passenger vehicles, happened at about 4:30 a.m. ET near Calabogie Road in McNab-Braeside Township.

A 39-year-old woman from Arnprior, Ont., was pronounced dead at the scene. A 38-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman — both from Renfrew, Ont. — were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the OPP.

The highway was closed for much of the day in both directions between Calabogie Road and White Lake Road.

"Because of the multiple vehicles involved and the fatality, it is a complex scene," said OPP Acting Sergeant Angie Atkinson.

Police say the woman's rottweiler dog was also in the vehicle but fled the scene after the accident, and had yet to be located.

The area was blanketed in a heavy fog at the time of the crash, prompting OPP to issue a warning for drivers to slow down and take caution.

Dangerous road, say residents

People who live near the crash site say that particular stretch of highway is dangerous no matter what the weather.

"It's just traffic, people driving fast, and the road itself. It's not designed for the amount of traffic there is nowadays," said resident Heather Latendresse.

She and others on her rural road said they want to see a traffic light put in at the corner of Highway 17 and Calabogie Road to slow drivers down.
Heather Latendresse lives near the crash site. She says that stretch of Highway 17 is dangerous no matter what the weather. (CBC News)

"It's a nightmare. On long-weekends it's an impossible highway to go on and it's a nightmare at anytime to cross the highway to get out to the Calabogie area which has become a very popular tourist area," said Latendresse.

The same stretch of road was closed off in April following another fatal collision in a construction zone.

In that instance, one construction worker died and another was flown to hospital in critical condition.

Resident Lance Laventure said he isn't surprised to hear of another fatal crash.

"Because you know the amount of traffic that's coming from the Pembroke and Petawawa area going into the city everyday and with the two lanes merging right at that spot. It's been a bad spot for the last year or two when they've been doing construction," he said.

Police are asking drivers to be mindful of the speed limits when they're travelling off of the highway and through the detours.

View a map of the highway closure here.

With files from the Canadian Press