(THUNDER BAY, ON) – On November 1, 2017, at approximately 8:30 a.m. officers from the Thunder Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 17,  40 km West of Shabaqua.

Two Commercial Motor Vehicles (tractor-trailer units) collided and Highway 17 is completely closed at this time.

Two people have been confirmed deceased as a result of the collision. Their identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Highway 11, through Atikokan, is available as an alternate route for traffic travelling Westbound.

Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI) are at the scene and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has been deployed to photograph, map and measure the collision scene to assist the assist investigators.