Truck accident closes Trans-Canada

Highway 17 was closed between Highway 699 and Upsala for almost two hours overnight today due to a collision involving two tractor-trailer units.
Two westbound tractor-trailer units were travelling on Highway 17, near Corman Township, about 45 km east of Ignace, around 1:50 a.m., police said.
When one of the units—a Bowater chip truck driven by a Thunder Bay man—was turning left off Highway 17 onto Martens Overpass Road, the second truck, which was carrying 44,000 pounds of TNT, tried to overtake it, resulting in a collision.
Ignace OPP, along with ambulance and fire personnel, attended the scene.
Due to the dangerous goods involved, an evacuation radius of 2,000 metres was established. Rail traffic also was halted for an hour.
The driver of the vehicle carrying the dynamite, a 25-year-old male from Peterborough, was charged with a passing infraction under the Highway Traffic Act.
One passenger in the tractor-trailer carrying the dynamite, a 53-year-old male from Elliot Lake, was taken to Dryden Regional Health Centre with minor injuries, police said.