Preg­nant wo­man, her mother and two kids die in crash near Tim­mins

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A north­ern On­tario First Na­tion is mourn­ing the “ter­ri­ble loss” of a 29year-old preg­nant mother, her two young sons and the chil­dren’s grand­mother in a col­li­sion.

On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice say the four mem­bers of a Chap­leau, Ont. fam­ily died in a col­li­sion Thurs­day morn­ing on High­way 101 in north­east­ern On­tario.

All four were in an SUV that col­lided with a trac­tor-trailer about 70 kilo­me­tres west of Tim­mins, Ont., po­lice said.

They were iden­ti­fied by po­lice on Fri­day as Ayns­ley MacLeod, her chil­dren Ja­maal MacLeod-Nako­gee and Kruz Nako­gee — aged 10 and 3 — and 61-year-old Paulette MacLeod.

“We were dev­as­tated with the news,” Nish­nawbe Aski Na­tion Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Ach­neepineskum said in a re­lease.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff Nako­gee and the en­tire com­mu­nity of Brunswick House First Na­tion as they strug­gle to come to grips with this ter­ri­ble loss,” Ach­neepineskum said.

A Go­FundMe cam­paign been has been launched to as­sist the fam­ily with fu­neral ex­penses.

“We are grate­ful with the re­sponse to an on­line cam­paign to as­sist with fu­neral ex­penses, and we are deeply moved by the gen­eros­ity of those who have do­nated,” said Ach­neepineskum.

The Go­FundMe ap­peal, which had raised more than $14,000 by mid-af­ter­noon Fri­day, said Ayns­ley MacLeod was six months preg­nant.

The driver of the truck was treated for mi­nor in­juries at hos­pi­tal.

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