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London man, 36, identified as victim of fatal crash near St. Thomas: Elgin OPP

Elgin OPP have closed Talbot Line between Sunset Drive and Ron McNeil Line after a serious crash.
Elgin OPP have closed Talbot Line between Sunset Drive and Ron McNeil Line after a serious crash. Andrew Graham / 980 CFPL News

A 36-year-old London man has been identified as the victim of a fatal two-vehicle collision northwest of St. Thomas Friday morning, Elgin OPP said.

The collision between a transport truck and a SUV happened around 7:48 a.m. Dec. 13 along Talbot Line (Hwy. 3) between Sunset Drive and Ron McNeil Line.

Multiple OPP cruisers along with fire crews remained at the scene as of early Friday afternoon and Cst. Adam Crewdson noted technical collision investigators would be on site as well.

According to the preliminary investigation, the transport truck was traveling westbound at the time of the crash while the SUV was traveling east.

The driver of the SUV was pronounced dead following the collision, Crewdson said. They’ve been identified by police as Timothy Regnier, 36, of London.

A third vehicle was also damaged in during the incident as it struck debris from the initial collision.

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No other injuries were reported, Crewdson said.

“Our Technical Collision Investigators are on scene, they’re the ones who will piece everything together,” Crewdson said. “I want to hold back speculation, I know it’s easy to do that, but we’re going to see what happened.”

Although the cause remains under investigation, Crewdson said motorists are still reminded to drive with more caution at this time of the year.

“We know that the roads were slippery this morning, and I’m always urging people [that] just because you don’t see snow doesn’t mean we aren’t in winter driving season.”

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With files from Andrew Graham and Matthew Trevithick