Unidentified Male Driver Charged in Labour Day Multi-Fatality Collision


catfishcollisionmapThe male driver has been charged with careless driving after a multi-fatality collision that closed Highway 17, 30 kilometres north of Wawa on Labour Day. Four males died in that collision.

OPP are not releasing the driver’s name because it will identify the deceased, nor the deceased pending notification of next of kin.

Tragically, this was not the only fatalities on the Labour Day long weekend. OPP is reporting 12 people dead in road fatalities, one marine fatality and one off-road vehicle death; making it the deadliest weekend in OPP-patrolled jurisdictions in 20 years.

OPP also conducted an intense Distracted Driving Campaign with a province-wide media release and maintained a steady flow of messaging on its provincial and regional social media platforms, calling on all road users, particularly passengers, to become part of the solution in reducing the significant number of distracted driving-related road deaths that occur every year.

Despite these efforts, the OPP laid close to 800 distracted/inattentive driving charges against drivers who jeopardized the safety of innocent men, women and children who took to the roads to enjoy the last summer long weekend before the start of a new school year.

This latest campaign brings the total number of distracted driving charges laid to date this year to over 8,800.



  1. I read the driver and all occupants were from Manitoba. Horrible horrible crash. Just by luck, I drove thru Wawa one day later.


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