Two dead, one injured in head-on crash on Highway 10 in Mono

January 15, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Mike Pickford

Two people are dead and a third has been badly injured following a crash on Highway 10 north of Orangeville last week.

At 5:46 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, Dufferin OPP, Dufferin EMS and the Orangeville Fire Department responded to a head-on collision involving a pair of Ford F-150 pickup trucks on the highway just south of Mono’s 10 Sideroad. All three individuals involved in the crash were transported to hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.

The driver of a red Ford F-150 succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at an area hospital, while the passenger in that vehicle, and the driver of a burgundy Ford F-150, were airlifted to Toronto. At 11:10 a.m. on Jan. 5, Dufferin OPP confirmed that the passenger had died at a hospital in the city. As of press time, the driver of the second vehicle was revealed to be in stable condition in a Toronto area hospital and is expected to survive.

OPP informed media they would not be releasing the names of the deceased at the request of their families; however, a union that represents more than 1,500 employees with the Peel District School Board identified two of its custodians as having been killed in a crash en route to work on the morning of Jan. 4.

Posted to social media this past Friday (Jan. 5), CUPE Local 2544 told its members that Mark Raney, head custodian at James Grieve Public School in Caledon and Dan Donelle, head custodian at Rowntree Public School in Brampton had died.

“Sisters and brothers, it is with great sadness that we must announce the recent passing of two CUPE 2544 members,” the post reads. “On Thursday, Jan. 4, Mark Raney… and Dan Donelle were on their way to work and were in a fatal car accident… Our deepest condolences go out to the families, friends and work colleagues of each.”

Tributes from friends flooded in on the post, with the pair remembered for their strong work ethic and bubbly personalities.

“I worked with Dan for three years… He was the nicest, most giving person I have ever worked with. Not only were we co-workers, but he was my friend,” wrote Michelle Santos.

Tracy Burk recalled working alongside Mr. Raney at James Grieve Public School over the past few years. “I’ll never forget his thoughtfulness, and the way he shared his life on the farm with teachers and students. I can’t imagine not seeing his grinning face.”

A visitation for Mr. Raney was held at Dods and McNair Funeral Home on Wednesday (Jan. 10), with a service taking place today (Jan. 11) at 2:30 p.m. A visitation for Mr. Donelle will take place today (Jan. 11) at McMillan & Jack Funeral Home in Dundalk between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and again between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

An investigation of the crash is ongoing. As well as local emergency service responders, members from the OPP’s Technical Traffic Investigations team were on site to investigate the scene. Highway 10 between Hockley Road and Side Road 10 remained closed for eight hours on Thursday (Jan. 4). Cst. Paul Nancekivell told media he doubts any charges will be laid.

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