Long weekend keeps police busy on the roads and on the water

Seven people died on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads over the Canada Day Long Weekend (June 29-July 2, 2018). Five drivers, one passenger and one pedestrian were among the victims in seven separate collisions.    

 It also proved to be a tragic weekend off the road, with three people drowning and two people dying in marine incidents in OPP jurisdictions.    

The OPP’s Aggressive Driving campaign kept officers busy on roads, with officers laying close to 7,000 speeding charges and more than 170 stunt/racing charges for driving more than 50 kilometers per hour over the posted speed limit.    

The OPP is reminding the public to make safety the first priority on roads, waterways and trails over the summer months.   

On July 1, 2018 at 7:54 p.m. Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a plane crash at the Tobermory Airport on Warner Bay Road.

The (white) Piper Warrior was attempting to take off from the Tobermory Airport when the 50-year-old male pilot from Kitchener made the decision to abort the take off. The plane slid sideways off the end of the runway and came to rest on the roof.

 Police were assisted at the scene by Northern Bruce Peninsula Fire Department and Bruce County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). There were four people in total in the airplane, all the parties sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene by EMS.  The plane sustained significant damage as a result of the collision.

The plane had a flight plan filed to fly from Tobermory to Kitchener/Waterloo Airport. This is the second plane crash reported this year at the Tobermory Airport.

On June 11, 2018 at 1:20 a.m., the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a structure fire on 5th Avenue southwest in Chesley. Officers arrived with members of the Chesley Fire Department to find that more than one house was involved in the fire.

As a result of the investigation, the deceased have been positively identified as 36-year-old John KRAMER of Chesley, 9-year-old Shailyn KRAMER of Chesley and 5-year-old Britnee KRAMER of Chesley.   

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122.