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Fort woman killed in accident


A single-vehicle accident on Highway 71 south of Nestor Falls claimed the life of a Fort Frances woman Thursday afternoon.

Gisele Blais, 41, was killed when the driver of a southbound 1999 Dodge pickup truck lost control on the icy roadway, Kenora OPP reported this morning.

The vehicle then entered the east ditch backwards and struck a rock face, destroying the truck, police added.

The driver, identified only as a 49-year-old Fort Frances woman, was taken to La Verendrye Hospital here with unspecified injuries. Her condition was not released as of press time Friday.

The accident is being investigated by the Kenora OPP, with assistance from an OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigator.

In other news, Highway 502 to Dryden has been re-opened, the OPP reported Friday morning.

The highway was closed after two tractor-trailers had jack-knifed about 10 km north of Highway 11.

No other details, including whether there were any injuries reported, were released by press time Friday.

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