“As a parent myself, it’s the worst nightmare. The six families in our city who are devastated this morning need all of our compassion and support, Barrie,” says Mayor
The search for six missing Barrie residents turned tragic early Sunday morning after the car they were traveling in was found on a rural road near County Road 27 and McKay Road in the south of the city.
Six people in their early twenties have been confirmed to have died.
At around 2 a.m. on August 28, Barrie police found the scene of the fatal crash, which involved a vehicle. The area, just north of Georgian Downs, is located near the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and a scattering of small houses. It appears that McKay Road had been closed to non-local traffic and was undergoing road works.
Barrie Police Communications Coordinator Jennett Mays said BarrieToday the car was discovered by an on-duty police officer, although few other details have been released, including a timeline of what happened.
“I just know it was a member of the Barrie Police Department who located the scene,” Mays said Sunday morning.
Although Mays said police would not release the names of the victims, a press release issued Sunday morning acknowledged that the occupants of the car would be the six people who went missing Saturday night.
Shortly before noon on Sunday, Mays said the victims included four men and two women, all in their early 20s. She said officers were in the process of notifying families of those who died.
BarrieToday is withholding names at this time until the identity of the victims has been confirmed.
“It will be a difficult time for our community with the loss of these people, and our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those involved. We thank everyone who has shared our missing persons posts and provided information,” Mays said. BarrieToday.
Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman also tweeted about the accident on Sunday morning, offering his condolences to the families involved.
“A shocking and horrific tragedy has occurred, taking the lives of six young people with their entire futures ahead of them,” Lehman said. “As a parent myself, this is your worst nightmare. The six families in our town who are devastated this morning need all of our compassion and support, Barrie.”
The Barrie Police Traffic Unit was still on the scene investigating with officers from the Investigative Services Division as of 11 a.m. Sunday.
Mays said BarrieToday there are few other details about the cause of the accident, but these additional details will likely be released as the investigation continues.
“The investigation is continuing and they will look into all aspects of it,” she said. “They’ve been here for a while, but it could still take a while.”
Lehman urged local residents to keep the affected families in their thoughts.
“We are all in pain today as we hear the tragic news of the car accident and the loss of six young lives. Thinking of the friends and families of these young people and I know there will be many in our community needing support in the days, weeks and months to come,” he wrote on Facebook on Sunday. .
“While I know people will want to know the details of a situation like this, let’s not forget to show the strength of Barrie’s compassion at this time and give respect and space to families in this horrible day and in the days to come as our community mourns,” the mayor added.
Fire Chief Cory Mainprize said about 24 Barrie fire personnel were on the scene until about 8 a.m. Sunday.
“We’ve cleared some devices and we’re still going to have crews on site for a while to help Barrie police,” he said. BarrieToday. “I can confirm that this area is under construction, but the status of the section of the road that has been closed or not, I’ll leave that up to Barrie Police.”
Grand prize says BarrieToday the crash is one of the worst he and his crew have been involved in in recent years.
“This is an extremely important (crash). Six dead people is a lot in one accident. It has been very difficult for all of our staff and more importantly for all those families who have lost loved ones and their friend,” he said. “It’s a devastating day for them. Out of respect for (the families), we don’t want to share any details until the families are notified.
A shocking and horrific tragedy has occurred, claiming the lives of six young people with their entire futures ahead of them. As a parent myself, this is the worst nightmare. The six families in our town who are devastated this morning need all of our compassion and support, Barrie. https://t.co/owQJEcJbYq
—Jeff Lehman (@mayor_jeff) August 28, 2022