Two killed in accident

The Trans-Canada Highway was closed for more than nine hours over the weekend due to a fatal accident that occurred Saturday evening near the Manitoba border.
Around 6:45 p.m. on Royal Lake Road, about 45 km west of Kenora, a white 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier was westbound at an unknown rate of speed when it passed a westbound tractor-trailer and collided head-on with an eastbound tractor-trailer, Kenora OPP reported this morning.
The Cavalier spun off the roadway and onto the south shoulder. The eastbound tractor-trailer, meanwhile, crossed the road, striking the westbound tractor-trailer.
After sliding into the north ditch and striking a rock face, both vehicles burst into flames and were destroyed by the fire.
The driver of the Chevy Cavalier, Gary Pasternak, 58, of Winnipeg, Man., and the driver of the eastbound tractor-trailer, Wayne Archibald, 50, of Brighton, N.B., were declared dead at the scene.
The driver of the second tractor-trailer escaped with minor injuries.
The highway wasn’t fully re-opened until 4 a.m. yesterday.
The accident remains under investigation by Kenora OPP and an OPP technical traffic collision investigator.

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