Woodstock ON – Following a collision between their cars early on Monday morning, north of Woodstock, an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the driver of a school bus both lost their lives. Det. Const. Steven Tourangeau, 35, of the Ontario Provincial Police’s Huron-Perth Community Street Crime Unit was traveling in an unmarked cruiser when his car and a school bus collided just before 7:00 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 59 and Oxford County Road 33 in East Zorra-Tavistock Township, according to the police. The accident occurred in East Zorra-Tavistock Township.
Unfortunately, both drivers passed away as a result of the injuries they sustained. According to a statement issued by the provincial police and distributed to the media, “there were no students on the bus and there were no passengers in either vehicle. In what has been a devastating year for law enforcement organizations in the province of Ontario, Tourangeau is the sixth law enforcement officer to pass away in the province.
Officers Vicki Lynn Wilson, Andrew Hong, Morgan Russell, Devon Northrup, and Grzegorz Pierzchala were all honored and recognized at the ceremony of memory that was held earlier this month by the Ontario Police Memorial Foundation. Each of these officers passed away while serving in the line of duty in this year. The police have stated that out of respect for the victim’s family, they will not be disclosing the identify of the school bus driver. It has come to the attention of CBC News that the bus driver was employed by Langs Bus Lines Limited. Kevin Langs, the vice president of the bus company, offered his most heartfelt sympathies to the families of both of the drivers who were involved in the collision that took place this morning.