One dead in fiery crash between transport truck and hydro pole near Comber

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Firefighters look over the aftermath of a fatal crash scene at Highway 77 and Lakeshore Road 310 near Comber on July 26, 2017.

Firefighters look over the aftermath of a fatal crash scene at Highway 77 and Lakeshore Road 310 near Comber on July 26, 2017. Courtesy of Robb Meloche / Windsor Star

OPP have confirmed a fatality in a multi-vehicle accident near Comber that left a truck in flames, a hydro pole damaged, and a woman trapped in car on Wednesday morning.

The collision occurred around 8:20 a.m. on Highway 77 at Lakeshore Road 310, just south of Comber.

The transport truck struck the pole and tumbled into a ditch before it quickly set on fire.

Damage to the transport truck’s cabin was extensive.

“There was nothing left of that cabin. It looked like a bomb went off inside,” said Lakeshore resident Robb Meloche, who stopped at the scene of the crash.

Meloche had just dropped off his daughter at a babysitter when he noticed the column of black smoke coming from the accident scene.

“The smoke was probably a couple hundred feet in the air. At first, I thought it was a house on fire,” Meloche said. “I started driving to the smoke to see what was going on, see if anybody needed help.”

Meloche said the hydro pole was also heavily damaged. “It was broken right in half.”

A second automobile, described as a white four-door sedan, was not on fire. But live wires from the hydro pole complicated the extraction of the car’s female occupant.

The Town of Lakeshore’s fire department responded to the scene.

Lakeshore OPP have closed Highway 77 from Lakeshore Road 309 to 311.

More to come.

Reader-submitted images of the crash scene at Highway 77 and Lakeshore Road 310 near Comber on July 26, 2017.


Reader-submitted images of the crash scene at Highway 77 and Lakeshore Road 310 near Comber on July 26, 2017.

Courtesy of Robb Meloche / Windsor Star

An image from Western Region OPP showing the aftermath of the collision scene at Highway 77 and Lakeshore 310 near Comber on July 26, 2017.


An image from Western Region OPP showing the aftermath of the collision scene at Highway 77 and Lakeshore 310 near Comber on July 26, 2017.

Courtesy of OPP


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