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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hwy 6 Crash Victims Identified

Miller Lake | by Claire McCormack  

A 22 year old Lambton Shores man & a 23 year old Strathroy woman died in the crash.

Traves Atchison and Jana Watson 

Bruce Peninsula OPP have released the names of two people who were killed in a collision on Highway 6 this past weekend.

On August 26th, at approximately 8 p.m., Bruce Peninsula OPP together with the Northern Bruce Fire Department and the Bruce County Paramedic Services (EMS) responded to a head on collision between two vehicles on Highway 6 between Lindsay Road 30 and Miller Lake Road in Northern Bruce Peninsula.

Initial investigation by OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI) reveals that a passenger vehicle, a Dodge Charger, was being driven erratically, southbound on Highway 6 when the driver collided head-on with a northbound Jeep Liberty SUV.

The impact caused the SUV to become engulfed in fire.

Police have identified the driver of the SUV as 22-year old Traves Stephen Atchison of Bosanquet Township, Lambton Shores and his passenger as 23-year old Jana Watson of Strathroy.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Jana Watson's family at

On the page she is described as a twin who was in love, who loved to travel and who "Always thought of everyone else before herself and never said anything bad about anyone, not even the people who did her wrong."

In his obituary, Traves is described as having "Loved music and life. He worked hard and played hard, always smiling, bringing life to the party, a friend to everyone." Friends and family are asked to wear concerts shirts and bracelets at his celebration of life at a Forest funeral home.  

The Bruce Peninsula OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Police say the driver of the Dodge Charger, 30 year old Jim Thomas Johny from Mississauga, was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Three passengers inside the vehicle were injured including a 39 year old Brampton man who was airlifted to London in critical condition.




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