SD&G highway deaths reach highest level since 2010

In this Sept. 6, 2015, file photo, an SD&G O.P.P. SUV cruiser races to the scene of what would become a triple-fatal crash in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 near the Westley Road. The number of highway deaths in SD&G roads hit its highest level since 2010. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

SD&G – The number of road-related deaths in SD&G climbed for a second year in a row to it’s highest level since 2010.

Cornwall also saw two fatal crashes in 2015 – an event not seen since 2011.

There were eight crashes which led to 12 traffic-related deaths investigated by SD&G O.P.P. in 2015, compared to seven deaths in 2014 and two fatalities in 2013.

Those crashes in 2015 include:

  • Two people are killed in a crash between a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer on Highway 401 between McConnell Avenue and Boundary Road Feb. 3, 2015.
  • Morrisburg lawyer Peter Remillard dies in a head-on crash on County Road 7 near Chesterville Feb. 24, 2015.
  • A Laval, Que. man dies after a vehicle collision and rollover on Highway 401 near Bainsville on April 2, 2015.
  • An 83-year-old man from North Stormont dies June 4, 2015 when his car collides with a dump truck on Boyne Road in North Dundas.
  • An Ottawa man dies after his motorcycle is struck by an SUV at the intersection of County Road 43 and County Road 7 near Chesterville on July 18, 2015.
  • A motorcycle driver and passenger from Osgoode are killed on Belmeade Road, northwest of Winchester Aug. 13, 2015 after their bike collides with a van.
  • Three people die Sept. 6, 2015 when a car is struck by a wrong-way driver on Highway 401 east of Lancaster. Two people in the car and the driver travelling the wrong way on the freeway are killed.
  • A South Glengarry man is killed when his vehicle goes off the road on County Road 2 near the Quebec border Sept. 8, 2015.

The worst year in the last six years was 2010 when 11 people died in 10 crashes.

Cornwall hadn’t recorded a traffic-related death since 2011. There were two traffic-related deaths last year:

  • A cyclist dies July 14, 2015 in Cornwall after being struck by a car at Ninth and Sydney Streets.
  • A woman dies in a t-bone crash at the intersection of Cumberland and Water Streets in Cornwall.

Akwesasne also saw a double fatality involving a Seadoo, when an attempted smuggling operation saw two passengers die on the St. Lawrence River on Sept. 2, 2015.

At least one other fatal crash was reported to have happened in Snye, Que. in November 2015.

Information on when Akwesasne experienced its last fatal crash prior to 2015 was not available.