Driver using cell phone causes accident

The driver of a pickup truck who was using his cellular phone and caused a serious motor vehicle collision has been charged.
Just before 4 p.m. on Friday, Kenora OPP officers were called to a serious motor vehicle accident on Highway 17, near Inglis Lake Road.
The one occupant of a passenger vehicle was seriously injured when her car was struck from behind, sending it into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer unit.
Investigation has determined that the female driver of the car was slowing to make a left hand turn from Hwy. 17 onto Inglis Lake Road.
The driver of a pickup truck was using his cellular phone and failed to notice the car ahead of him slow for the turn.
The pickup struck the car, sending it into the path of an eastbound tractor-trailer unit, who attempted to avoid the collision but struck the car on the passenger side.
The driver of the car was transported to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The respective drivers of the pickup truck and the tractor trailer were not injured.
The driver of the pickup, a 24-year-old Winnipeg man, was charged with careless driving, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.
Other accidents
Members of the Kenora OPP were kept busy over the weekend with several other calls for service.
Between 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, OPP officers responded to two separate motor vehicle collisions involving ATVs.
The first occurred near Highway 17 and Sungam Siding Road. Investigation has determined that the drivers of two ATVs were attempting to climb a steep rock cut. One of the ATVs began to slip on loose rock, causing the front-end to flip over backwards, rolling on top of the driver.
The 50-year-old driver was not wearing a helmet at the time and sustained a serious back injury. He was charged with failing to wear a safety helmet and failing to have numbered plates.
The second collision happened on Homestake Road in Kenora, when the driver of an ATV lost control and was thrown from the vehicle. The 17-year-old was transported to Lake of the Woods District Hospital and treated for broken ribs and a bruised lung.
And the regional OPP Marine Unit continues to investigate an incident from 7 p.m. on Saturday, when a 26-year-old man was injured at Scotty’s Beach when he fell off a boat and was struck by the propeller.

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