Thunder Bay

1 woman dead, 3 other people have major injuries after Highway 17 crash

One woman is dead and three other people have major injuries after a crash early Wednesday morning on Highway 17 east of Marathon, Ont.
Ontario Provincial Police say a 35-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene and three other people are in hospital with major injuries after a crash on Highway 17 near Marathon on Wednesday. (Dave Chidley/CBC)

One woman is dead and three other people have major injuries after a crash early Wednesday morning on Highway 17 east of Marathon, Ont.

Provincial police received reports of the collision 70 kilometres east of the northwestern Ontario community near Green Lakes around 1 a.m. Wednesday, Ontario Provincial Police said in a written news release later in the morning.

The police statement said the vehicle lost control after hitting the eastbound shoulder on a corner, going into the ditch and flipping before landing on its roof.

Police said a 35-year-old woman, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, a 31-year-old from Guelph, Ont., was taken to a hospital in Marathon before being flown by air ambulance to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Two passengers were taken by paramedics to a hospital in Wawa.

Police describe the injuries for all three as major, and all of the occupants had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The eastbound lane of the highway remains closed while an investigation is conducted. The westbound lane is open to intermittent travel.

Police caution travellers to expect delays in the area and ask drivers to slow down when passing through the area.