Long Sault man among victims in Hydro One helicopter crash


"A family assistance centre has been established in the municipality of Tweed", the Hydro One statement said.

Investigators have recovered a Global Positioning System, which they say will help them determine exactly what happened. The names of the victims are not reported to notifying the next of kin.

One of Canada's largest electricity companies has grounded its helicopter fleet as investigators work to determine what caused a chopper crash that killed four of the utility's workers in eastern Ontario.

The owner of the property on Upper Flinton Road where the work was being done, Kim Clayton, said she heard a loud crash and saw workers rush to the tree line.

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"Yesterday I lost my best friend, my everything, my soul mate, the person who made my world go round", wrote Brittany Robertson, who said on Facebook that she was Shorrock's fiancee. During this grieving process, we will do everything we can to assist our employees and their families who have been affected in any way, by providing counselling and support.

Hydro One's eight helicopters will not operate until a thorough review of safety protocols and equipment is complete, CEO Mayo Schmidt said Friday, noting that the measure was standard procedure after any serious workplace incident. Brunet said a Hercules aircraft which had been doing a training in the Peterborough area was redirected to the site and a CH-146 Griffon helicopter was en route after leaving CFB Trenton. "More information will be released as it becomes available", Const. Shannon Cork of the OPP said, her voice catching during a media scrum at the scene.

The utility helicopter was a single-engine AS350.

A spokesperson said that an ORNGE air ambulance chopper was called to the scene but later told it was no longer needed.

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Clayton recalled watching the Hydro One team working on the other towers in the area and being impressed.

Clayton, whose husband was away and children in school, said she choked up when the orange tape started going up and she realized just how bad it was. "I was showing my boys pictures". Workers will still respond to any reports of power outages, it said.

"They have families, it's nearly Christmas time", Clayton said.

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