Three killed in crash

DRYDEN, Ont.—Three people have died in a traffic accident on the Trans-Canada Highway just east of Dryden—the second fatal crash in less than a week in the same area.
The OPP said an eastbound car entered the westbound lane and struck two vehicles just before 11 a.m. yesterday.
Two people killed in the eastbound car have been identified as James Isaac, 83, and Theodora Isaac, 87, both of Winnipeg.
Also killed was Edward Day, 57, of Callander, Ont., an occupant in one of the westbound vehicles.
Day was a former reeve of Nipissing Township and a long-time executive director of the Almaguin Nipissing Travel Association.
Day’s wife, Donna, remains in hospital in stable condition with serious injuries.
Former Nipissing tourism manager Dave Saad said Day was the face of Northern Ontario tourism.
Police continue to investigate but say no charges are being considered at this time.
Two men were killed last Tuesday on the same stretch of highway in a head-on collision involving two tractor-trailers.
Their identities have not yet been released.
Dryden Coun. Bill Brown said late yesterday that two fatal collisions in less than a week are more than enough reason to renew calls to twin the 550-km stretch of Highway 17 between Kenora and Thunder Bay.
It is the only highway in that part of the country and it is a major truck link for long-haul truckers, Brown told the Winnipeg Free Press.
The distance between Kenora and Thunder Bay is particularly risky at sunrise, sunset, and any time the weather is poor and the roads are slick or icy, he said.
In yesterday’s crash, police closed the highway for most of the day, forcing vehicles to take a five-hour detour through Atikokan and Fort Frances on secondary highways.
Editor’s note: The Isaacs were the sister and brother-in-law of Fort Frances resident Eve Fleurie.

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