Victims identified in Sunday's fatal Highway 17 crash
Published Monday, August 20, 2018 12:09PM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, August 22, 2018 6:57PM EDT
Fatal crash, highway 17 in Lendrum Township
OPP have identified the victims of Sunday night's crash on Highway 17 just south of Wawa.
A police investigation has revealed that the southbound vehicle struck a moose, then crossed into the northbound lane where it collided with the northbound vehicle.
The occupants of the vehicle that hit the moose were pronounced dead at the scene and have been identified as 45-year-old Fatos Metko and 14-year-old Fioralb Metko, both of Calgary.
A family of five from Winnipeg, Manitoba was in the northbound vehicle, all of whom were transported to hospital with serious injuries. Two of the five later succumbed to their injuries and passed away and have been identified as 51-year-old Cynthia Caraoa and 9-year-old Anika Caraoa.
The Ontario Provincial Police say Highway 17 is closed in both directions north of Sault Ste. Marie, between the Goulais River area and Wawa.
It’s due to a fatal crash that happened around 10:30 pm Sunday night.
Police say it happened about 15 kilometers south of Wawa, in Lendrum Township, and involved two vehicles and moose.
All lanes have been reopened at of 1:30 pm Monday afternoon.
Ontario Provincial Police have released more information into the deadly collision that closed Highway 17 south of Wawa.
Police say that a preliminary investigation has revealed a southbound vehicle carrying four people collided with a northbound vehicle carrying five people. One of the vehicles had swerved to avoid a moose when the collision occurred.
Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, and all others were transported to hospital, where later two more people passed away.
The names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.