Ottawa police officer killed in Highway 7 crash

Ontario Provincial Police have closed Highway 7 southwest of Ottawa because of a fatal crash that killed a 31-yeat-old from Perth, Ont. (Teghan Beaudette/CBC - image credit)
Ontario Provincial Police have closed Highway 7 southwest of Ottawa because of a fatal crash that killed a 31-yeat-old from Perth, Ont. (Teghan Beaudette/CBC - image credit)

An Ottawa police officer was killed in a two-vehicle crash that closed Highway 7, one of the main ways to access the town of Perth, Ont., and a main alternative to Highway 401, according to Ontario Provincial Police.

The collision between a passenger vehicle and a transport truck happened about 3:45 a.m. Friday on Highway 7, east of Drummond Street in the town southwest of Ottawa, police said in a series of tweets.

In a news release, police said the driver of the passenger vehicle, identified as 31-year-old Drew Nadeau from Perth, was killed.

Ottawa police said in a series of tweets that Nadeau was a constable driving home from work. He had been a firefighter with the military before being hired as a police officer in March 2020, they said.

The truck driver was not injured in the crash.

About 11 kilometres of Highway 7 were closed between Lanark Road, or County Road 511, and Drummond Concession 7.