One woman dead, one hurt in crash north of Eganville


One woman was killed and another airlifted to Ottawa hospital after a two-car crash on Highway 41 north of Eganville.

Upper Ottawa Valley OPP said a southbound car collided with a northbound van just before 5 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 41 north of Mountain Road. Both drivers needed to be extricated from their vehicles by firefighters from the North Algona-Wilberforce and Bonnechere Valley Fire Departments.

The driver of the car, Paula Bashford, 33, of Bonnechere Valley Township, was taken to hospital by Renfrew County Paramedics but later died in hospital. The driver of the van, a 31-year-old woman from Pembroke, was flown to an Ottawa hospital with what police called serious injuries.

Two school-aged children inside the van were not hurt, according to OPP, while the cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

A section of Highway 41 between Walsh Road and Mountain Road was closed for several hours but re-opened around 1 a.m. Wednesday.