Alban crash one of several fatal weekend accidents

A fatal crash near Alban, Ont. is part of a string of deaths that happened on Ontario highways this weekend.

OPP report death toll so far this year: 15 in car crashes, 3 on ATVs, one in water and 5 on snow machines

A fatal crash near Alban, Ont. is one of a string of deaths that happened on Ontario highways and waterways over the weekend.

At about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, 39-year-old Zelda Halvorson of St. Charles died in a single car collision on Highway 607. The crash, which occurred on the single-lane Bailey bridge that crosses the Murdoch River, also involved a female passenger, who was sent to hospital with minor injuries.

Highway 607 was closed for about 10 hours while the Noëlville OPP investigated.

OPP Inspector Mark Andrews. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

Accidents 'take a toll'

OPP Inspector Mark Andrews said fatal accidents like the one in Alban are all too common.

"We really need people to stop thinking that it's going to happen to someone else," he said. "Because it's going to happen to somebody."

Andrews, who compiles the OPP’s North East Region Monday morning traffic report each week, said his list still contains tragic news — despite police efforts to prevent tragedies .

In addition to the fatal car crash in Alban, he said tragic incidents this past weekend include:

  • The death of a 44-year-old Iroquois Falls man who was killed in an ATV collision near the town of Iroquois Falls. Marc Drapeau was pronounced dead at hospital following the saturday night incident. The OPP say alcohol may have played a role in the collision, as was the failure to wear a helmet.
  • The drowning of a 48-year-old man in Georgian Bay, west of Parry Sound.
  • A seriously injured six-year-old boy, who fell from a boat in Georgian Bay. He was cut by the boat’s propeller and was listed in serious condition at Sick Kids hospital in Toronto.

Accidents like these "take a toll on you as an emergency responder," Andrews said. "It's very tiresome to hear when you've stopped someone because you've caught them on their cell phone [and they say] 'Why aren't you catching people breaking the law? Why aren't you out catching bank robbers?' Well, we've had so far in northeastern Ontario 15 people die in motor vehicle collisions, three on ATVs, one on a marine incident, and five on motorized snow vehicles. And that's why we're stopping people."

Police reported a series of other fatal traffic accidents in the province on the weekend, including:

  • 75-year-old man, who died from his injuries Sunday after he was struck by a vehicle near McCowan Road and Lawrence Avenue East on Friday evening in Toronto.
  • Two sisters were killed in crash southeast of Ottawa when their car hit a pickup truck head-on at about 6:20 p.m. on Saturday. The incident occurred near the intersection of Concession Road 19 and Saint Rose Road in La Nation, Ont., about 70 km from Ottawa
  • A 19-year-old man was hit by a taxi on Yonge Street in Newmarket, about 2 a.m. on Sunday.
  • A 53-year-old man was killed after his motorcycle crashed head-on with a vehicle in Kawartha Lakes, about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
  • A 38-year-old man London man died after his motorcycle and two other motor vehicles collided, just before 1p.m. Saturday on Highbury Avenue, just North of Ron McNeil Line in the Municipality of Central Elgin.