Deadly crash involving wrong way driver on Highway 11: Orillia OPP

This is the fifth fatality on OPP Central Regional patrolled roads this week

Orillia OPP say a two-vehicle crash that killed one person on Highway 11 early Friday morning involved a wrong way driver.

Police say a car and pickup truck collided around 2 a.m. south of Line 7 in Oro-Medonte, and one of those vehicles was travelling southbound in the northbound lanes.

Constable Brett Boniface was not able to say which vehicle was going the wrong way as the investigation is ongoing.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Highway 11 was closed from Line 6 to Line 8 for several hours. The southbound lanes reopened around 8:30 a.m.

This is the fifth fatality on OPP Central Region patrolled roads this week.

OPP communications spokesperson Gosia Puzio says the tally is devastating.

“We have now investigated nine fatal collisions just this month alone,” says Puzio. “To put that into perspective, in the first three months of this year, we had investigated 10 fatal collisions.”

While the cause for these crashes continues to be investigated, Puzio implores motorists to use extra care on area roads.

“We find now when the weather gets a little nicer and the roads are dry people get a bit comfortable and complacent,” she explains. “This is the time we actually see some of the most devastating collisions on our roadways.”

On Sunday, Apr. 24, an 18-year-old Quebec man riding a motorcycle was killed in a collision with a car in Angus. Then on Wednesday, Apr. 27, a man was killed in a single-vehicle rollover on Vespra Valley Road in Springwater Township. On the same day, Kawartha Lakes OPP dealt with a head-on crash between a propane truck and SUV on Highway 35 in which a 58-year-old Bowmanville man driving the vehicle was killed. The next day, on Thursday, Apr. 28, a 27-year-old Fenlon Falls man was killed in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 12 and Sturgeon Bay Road near Coldwater.