Fatal collision involving passenger vehicle and two trucks closes Highway 7 in Havelock

One truck was carrying explosive materials; shelter-in-place order lifted after experts deem area safe

The aftermath of a fiery collision involving two trucks and a passenger vehicle that claimed the life of the driver of the passenger vehicle at the intersection of Highway 7 and County Road 30 in Havelock on September 16, 2021. (Photo: OPP)
The aftermath of a fiery collision involving two trucks and a passenger vehicle that claimed the life of the driver of the passenger vehicle at the intersection of Highway 7 and County Road 30 in Havelock on September 16, 2021. (Photo: OPP)

Highway 7 in Havelock is closed after a fatal collision at the intersection with County Road 30 on Thursday morning (September 16).

According to the Peterborough OPP, at around 4:45 a.m. a passenger vehicle was stopped behind a commercial motor vehicle at the traffic lights when it was struck from behind by a tractor trailer

The driver of the passenger vehicle was prounced dead at the scene. Police will not release the identity of the victim until next of kin has been notified.

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The collision ignited a fire within the commercial motor vehicle, which was carrying explosive materials.

Police initiated a shelter-in-place order for residents, which has since been lifted after the area was deemed to be safe by employees of the Canadian Transport Emergency Centre, operated by the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate of Transport Canada.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Highway 7 in Havelock will remain closed for several hours while police measure and document the scene. Detours are in place.

 

This story has been corrected and updated with details about the incident from an OPP media release.