Thunder Bay

75-year-old man, OPP officer, seriously hurt in Thunder Bay Golf Links Road collision

City police in Thunder Bay, Ont., reopened Golf Links Road to traffic Wednesday morning, near the entrance to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, after a Tuesday collision that seriously injured an OPP officer and a 75-year-old man.

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit began its probe Tuesday afternoon

Thunder Bay police were on scene at Golf Links Road, north of Oliver Road, on Tuesday after a collision involving an OPP cruiser and another vehicle at the entrance to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. The Special Investigations Unit is probing the crash. (Mary Jean Cormier/ CBC)

Ontario's civilian police watchdog says a 75-year-old man and an OPP officer were both hospitalized after Tuesday morning's collision at one of the entrances of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Thunder Bay police were called to the collision on Golf Links Road between Oliver Road and Sunrise Boulevard for a two-vehicle crash that closed Golf Links for several hours. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says the crash happened at about 11:45 a.m.

The OPP said on Tuesday afternoon that the SIU was called in to probe the collision. It investigates cases involving police where there has been a death or serious injury.

In a media release issued Wednesday afternoon, the watchdog said, at this point, information from investigators shows that two Ontario Provincial Police officers were travelling north on Golf Links in an unmarked cruiser when they were involved in a collision with another vehicle coming out of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

On Wednesday morning, an SIU spokesperson told CBC News in an email that the driver of the civilian vehicle and the police officer who was a passenger in the OPP vehicle were seriously injured.

Thunder Bay police said just before 8 a.m. on Wednesday that Golf Links Road was reopened.

The SIU said it has assigned two investigators, two forensic investigators and one expert in collision reconstruction to the case. It is also asking anyone with information about the crash to contact investigators or upload video evidence through the SIU website.

Thunder Bay police said they are also doing a parallel investigation.