One man is dead after a collision between a CN train and backhoe in Strong Township.

Almaguin Highlands OPP says that on Thursday at 11:00 am it, along with Sundridge, Strong Fire Department and Parry Sound Emergency Medical Services responded to a fatal crash involving a CN train and a backhoe just off High Rock Road.

Police report that a northbound train collided with the backhoe that was travelling west on a private road.

Pronounced dead at the scene is the driver of the backhoe, 72-year-old Wayne McLaren of Strong Township.

Police are continuing to investigate and a post mortem is scheduled for Friday.

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