An off-duty Ontario Provincial Police officer died Thursday when his SUV collided with a transport on Highway 17 near Blind River.

Const. David Dennie, 36, worked in Blind River for almost 12 years, said Sgt. Carolle Dionne. He was not scheduled to work Thursday.

Dennie's vehicle was eastbound, the transport westbound, when the crash happened one kilometre east of the community at about 7 a.m.

The cause is still under investigation by OPP officers from several detachments, including Sault Ste. Marie, Espanola and northeastern Ontario headquarters in North Bay. They will probe weather and road conditions and motorist action.

The driver of the transport, a 61-year-old man from Thunder Bay, was treated and released for minor injuries. The rig carried light freight cargo and no dangerous goods. Nothing spilled on Highway 17...

Dennie received a Commissioner's Citation for Lifesaving Award and St. John's Ambulance Award in 2008. He and several other officers helped with the water rescue of two men on a cold night in December 2006.

Was delayed a couple hours by this one the other day. The west bound transport ended up pretty far off the road on the east bound side. No idea who screwed up.