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Off-duty member of Sudbury police dies in fatal highway collision, force says

July 8, 2019  By The Canadian Press

SUDBURY, Ont. — An off-duty member of the police force in Sudbury, Ont., has died after a two-vehicle collision on a local highway, the force said Friday.

Insp. John Valtonen of the Greater Sudbury Police Service said he could not immediately confirm many details about the employee, such as name or rank, citing a request for privacy from the grieving family.

“We’re trying to respect their wishes,” he said. “That’s why we’re just waiting until we get the approval from them to be able to say anything, like we do in every case.”

Valtonen said the force was also unable to discuss the investigation into the crash because the probe is being led by the West Perry Sound detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police.

The OPP did not immediately respond to request for comment, but issued a statement indicating the collision took place on Highway 69 shortly before 1:00 p.m. Thursday.

Police said a pickup truck collided with a commercial fuel tanker, but said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

They described the person killed at the scene as the 37-year-old driver of the pickup, but offered no other details.

The 59-year-old behind the wheel of the fuel tanker was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

They said an autopsy will likely be performed on the crash victim’s body on Friday, noting the investigation remains active.

Police said the collision shut down Highway 69 in both directions for roughly 10 hours while officers scoured the scene.

Both Valtonen and the OPP said more information would be released in the coming days.

On Friday, the Greater Sudbury Police Service released this statement:

“With heartfelt sadness the Greater Sudbury Police Service confirms that the individual who died in a motor vehicle collision on Thursday, July 4th 2019 was one of our members.

At the request of the family, the Service will not be releasing the name and is respecting their privacy during this very difficult and emotional time.

The Parry Sound O.P.P. Detachment is continuing its investigation to determine the cause of the collision.

Our deepest condolences are extended to family and friends.”

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., 2019

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