Armand Dumont has seen his fair share of collisions along Highway 144.
The last time the northern stretch of highway between Dowling and Onaping Falls was closed, it was his sister who was involved in a crash, in which she suffered a whiplash injury.
As he waited upwards of an hour to get to his Cartier home in an endless lineup of traffic heading up the road, he couldn't help but wonder why there wasn't another way around the notoriously accident-prone stretch of blacktop.
“They should have a way around,” he said.
For people like him, there is no detour.
“I've got to wait,” he said.
He was one of many who had to sit tight while the Ontario Provincial Police investigated a head-on collision where three people received non-life-threatening injuries. One woman was taken to Health Sciences North while the other two were treated at the scene.
The collision happened at about 11:45 a.m. Oct. 31. It closed Highway 144 just north of the High Falls lookout.
The highway was reopened to traffic around 2:30 p.m. The investigation revealed a south-bound vehicle crossed the centre line and struck a north-bound vehicle head on.
The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.