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OPP say weather was a factor in fatal crash near Arthur

Last Updated Nov 10, 2017 at 1:28 pm EDT

(Canadian Press)

Provincial Police say Thursday night’s blast of snowy weather was a contributing factor in a fatal crash near Arthur.

Officers were called to the head-on crash on Wellington Road 109 around 6:30 p.m.

OPP Constable Joshua Cunningham says it involved a pick-up truck and a Honda sedan.

“The driver of the truck, a 57-year-old man from Clifford, was treated at the scene with minor injuries, while the female driver of the Honda was transported to hospital and pronounced deceased there.”

The deceased has now been identified as 21-year-old Rebecca Elizabeth Cutting of Mount Forest.

Cunningham says OPP believe weather was a contributing factor in the crash, and no charges have currently been laid.

“It was the first snowfall of the season, there was heavy snow and icy conditions, and it likely played a contributing factor. We are still analyzing data from the crash to determine lane positions, and speeds, but definitely weather conditions were a contributing factor.”

Cunningham adds that OPP would like to issue a few reminders to motorists.

“We just want to remind everybody that they have to be responsible for their driving and their vehicle, and they have to adapt to the environment. Right now, we’re at a transition point, and OPP have been inundated with vehicle collisions – both serious and minor – due to the weather. People really just need to slow down, and adjust.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.