The Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating a two vehicle collision which left one person deceased and another person with serious injuries.
On September 1, 2020, just before 5:00 p.m., OPP officers, Renfrew County paramedics, and firefighters from the North Algona-Wilberforce and Bonnechere Valley Fire Departments responded to a collision on Highway 41 north of Mountain Road.
The investigation indicated a southbound passenger car collided with a northbound passenger van on a curve in the roadway. Both drivers were extricated by firefighters. The driver, and lone occupant, of the passenger car was transported to hospital by land ambulance with life-threatening injuries and later died in hospital. The 31-year-old female driver of the passenger van, a Pembroke resident, was transported to hospital by ambulance and subsequently flown by air ambulance to an Ottawa-area hospital. Two school aged children in the passenger van were not injured.
The deceased has been identified as 33-year-old Paula Bashford of Bonnechere Valley Township.
A section of Highway 41 between Walsh Road and Mountain Road was closed until approximately 1:00 a.m. on September 2, 2020 due to the investigation. An OPP Collision Reconstructionist and Technical Collision Investigator are assisting with the investigation and a post mortem examination will be conducted.
Peever,S.,OPP Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment(2020,Sept.2) UOV OPP INVESTIGATING FATAL COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 41 [media release]