On September 10, 2016 shortly after 4:00 p.m., members of the East Algoma Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TTCI) responded to a two vehicle motor vehicle collision involving a car and a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) on Highway 17 west of Desbarats, Ontario.
The investigation revealed that the eastbound car crossed the centre line, entered the westbound lane and collided with a westbound SUV.
The driver of the car, James BUTCHERS, 34 years of age from Victoria, British Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 64-year-old female SUV driver from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, had to be extricated from her vehicle. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) transported her to a local hospital where she remains listed in critical but stable condition.
OPP were assisted by Johnson Fire Department and Bruce Mines Fire Department.