The Renfrew OPP continues to investigate a serious collision that closed Highway 17 near Renfrew during the Tuesday morning commute. Officers responded to a call of a head-on crash just west of Bruce Street just after 6 a.m. Four vehicles were involved and Renfrew County paramedics transported three drivers to hospital with serious injuries. One of the drivers was later airlifted from hospital to a trauma centre with life-threatening injuries. Police say an eastbound vehicle entered the westbound lane and struck another vehicle head on. Two other vehicles were unable to avoid the crash and were involved in the collision. Chargers are pending against the driver of the eastbound vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.
If you like hot, muggy weather then you’re in luck! Environment Canada says it’ll be another two days before the heat wave that’s hit the Ottawa Valley breaks. We’re looking at a high of 35 today with the humidex making it feel closer to 40 degrees. And … tomorrow we’ll see pretty much the same thing with the humidex creeping up near 40 again. We won’t get any relief at night either .with the lows hovering around 20 degrees. On Friday the heat eases up a little with the high expected to hit only 21. The local health unit encourages people to stay out of the sun whenever possible … drink plenty of fluids … and take advantage of air conditioning whenever you can.
The OPP wrapped up their Canada Day Long Weekend Aggressive Driving Campaign … and police across the province were on the lookout for speeders … along with all other forms of aggressive driving which include following too closely, unsafe passing and lane changes, failing to yield right-of-way and other high-risk behaviours. Locally, the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP laid 52 speeding charges … 13 hazardous moving violation charges … and five charges for insurance issues. Officers also laid five impaired driving charges … and nine charges connected to liquor. And, the Killaloe OPP caught 97 speeders, laid three seatbelt charges … caught two people for distracted driving nabbed two people under the Liquor Licence Act and laid 23 Highway Traffic Act charges. Police say that even though the campaign has wrapped up … they are still regularly patrolling local roads and waterways.
AND … The ‘Put Yourself in the Picture’ campaign at the Almonte General Hospital-Fairview Manor Foundation got a boost on Tuesday with a $20,000 donation from Great-West Life … London Life … and Canada Life. This donation brings the campaign total to almost $1.7-million to date with the goal set at $4-million. The campaign launched in May of 2017 and has allowed the Hospital to purchase two new digital ultrasound machines, a new digital X-ray suite … and a new portable digital X-ray machine. The Hospital also plans to acquire CT scan machine at a cost of $2.2 million, subject to approval by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. To learn more … you can contact the Foundation at 613-256-2500 … or visit almontehospitalfoundation.com
AND IN SPORTS …
There are two games on the schedule tonight in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League as Carp heads to Manotick to face Kars and the Stittsville 56ers host the Micksburg Twins at 9 o’clock. There are also two games on tap for Thursday as Stittsville is in Quyon to take on the Flyers and West Carleton Electric hosts the Ottawa Valley A’s in Fitzroy Harbour. Both of those games go at 8 o’clock.
AND … Carp native Calvin de Haan is leaving New York … and heading to Carolina … as he was signed as a free agent yesterday by the Hurricanes. The 27-year-old defenceman signed for four years … for a total of $18.2 million.