Update – One deceased in Greater Napanee collision of vehicle into house

Update (Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021):

OPP are still investigating the cause of the collision that caused significant structural damage to a residence in the 1800 block of County Road 9 in Lennox and Addington (L&A) County in the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.

According to an OPP release, dated Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, what is known to police thus far is that a tow truck, towing another vehicle, was eastbound on County Rd 9 when it left the roadway and crashed into a house. The driver of that vehicle, 59 year-old Derry Rankin of Greater Napanee, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the tow truck and the occupants of the house were not seriously injured in the collision, according to the release.

County Road 9 was closed to traffic while collision investigators examined the scene and while recovery efforts to remove the vehicle from the house were ongoing. The road has since been reopened.

Original Article:

OPP confirm that one person has died following a vehicle collision into a house just south of Greater Napanee.

Shortly before 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 emergency services responded to the 1800 block of County Road 9 in Lennox and Addington (L&A) County following a report that a vehicle had collided with a house.

On scene, responders found that a tow truck carrying a van had collided with the house, with the truck completely entering the home and seriously compromising its structural integrity.

Several of the home’s occupants were temporarily trapped as the collision destroyed stairs leading to the second floor of the home, where the occupants were at the time of the collision. While none of the home’s occupants were seriously injured, OPP now confirm that an occupant of the tow truck has been pronounced dead at the scene.

Collision investigators are currently on scene and police have closed County Rd 9 to traffic between Abrams and Fitchett Roads while the investigation into the cause of the crash continues. While the length of the closure is not known at this time, police request that everyone avoid the area until the road is reopened.

OPP are not providing any further information at this time pending conclusion of their investigation and notification of the victim’s family.

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