Sudbury police file: Officers continue to investigate fiery crash

Sudbury Star

A passerby sent this photo taken shortly after a motorcycle and car driver collided on Municipal Road 84 near Capreol. Supplied photo jpg, SU

Two drivers — including one on a motorcycle — were taken to hospital after they collided on Tuesday evening on Municipal Road 84 near Capreol.

The injured were taken to Health Sciences North, Greater Sudbury Police said in a post to its Twitter account.

Officers first closed the road, then helped divert motorists around the accident scene.

The road was re-opened early Wednesday morning, but officers continue to investigate.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact police.

Police said the drivers were in stable condition. However, the driver of the vehicle later said on social media that he was home, adding the accident was “a rough go.”

He said after the motorcycle driver collided with his car, it was “immediately … engulfed in flames. I’m lucky to be alive. I just want to thank the people who helped me. You know who you are and we need more people like you in the world.”

A driver who came onto the scene after the accident told The Star the accident scene was fully engulfed in flames as she approached. The witness also said “tires were exploding” as the vehicle burned.

Another passerby, who was on a city bus at the time, confirmed the vehicles were on fire and that one driver had been on a motorcycle. She said the bus got to the scene around 7:30 p.m.

Motorcyclist dies

A Nairn Centre man who was critically injured when his motorcycle struck a rock-cut on Highway 17, just west of Highway 144 in Greater Sudbury on Aug. 4, has died.

Gerald Sutherland, 63, died on Tuesday, according to Ontario Provincial Police. Police say speed was not a factor in the accident.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing under the direction of the Office of the Chief Coroner and Forensic Pathology Service.

Scam warning

The old driveway sealing job hustle is back — this time on Manitoulin Island.

In a release, the OPP three men approached a senior on the island, offering to do a “driveway sealing job”.

“Once the resident agreed to the set fee, the males performed the work,” police said. “The work was completed in a sub-standard manner. The male then increased the job price considerably and requested payment be made in cash.

“While one of the men was at the residence he also asked to use the washroom twice, which the homeowner allowed. After he had left the residence, the senior noticed that all of her money was missing from her wallet.”

Officers have determined the requests to use the washroom during the visit to the residence in order to gain access to the home.

The suspect vehicles are described as a wine-coloured, crew cab, half tonne pickup truck, along with a white-coloured, crew cab, half tonne pickup.

To protect yourself, the OPP says you should:

– Never allow strangers to enter your home (via the internet, phone or door) and take information about you and/or your assets.

– Not feel pressured into signing contracts.

– Not be afraid to ask for advice from a trusted person.

– Not proceed if in doubt and call police immediately about anything suspicious.

If you or someone you know are a victim of a fraud or scam, contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or your nearest police authority.

For more information, contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or report online at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

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