Triple fatality on northern Ontario highway New Year's morning
SUDBURY -- Update:
While people in Sudbury are still reeling from the news of the devastating crash on a local highway New Year's morning, police have now released the names of the people that were killed in the incident.
Ontario Provincial Police say the victims are three children from the Greater Sudbury community of Chelmsford. 11-year-old Destiny Osagie and 10-year-old Flourish Osagie were pronounced dead at the scene, and 6-year-old Britney Osagie succumbed to their injuries in hospital.
Two 45-year-old females and a 10-year-old boy survived the crash.
The boy has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries, one of the female adults sustained non-life threatening injuries, while the adult female driver was unharmed in the incident.
Police say the investigation is ongoing.
It is a tragic way to begin the New Year.
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say several lives have been lost in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 17, in the Lively area of Greater Sudbury, on New Year's morning.
Police say it happened on Highway 17 between Regional Road (RR) 55 and Highway 144, just before 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, when the vehicle allegedly hit a guard rail.
OPP Constable Michelle Coulombe tells CTV News that six people were in the vehicle at the time of the collision and that three were killed as a result. Three passengers have been sent to hospital.
The driver escaped without injuries, one passenger has serious injuries, while another passenger has non-life threatening injuries.
Westbound traffic between RR55 and Highway 144 will remain closed for a while longer.
Sudbury's Acting Deputy Fire Chief, Jesse Oshell, says the peer support network has been activated for first responders that attended the collision.
CTV News will have more updates as they become available.
Crash details have been updated from the original OPP report. OPP officials now say there were 6 in the vehicle, not 5, and eastbound traffic was not closed. OPP reported Country Road 55, but has been corrected to Regional Road 55.