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Vice-principal, teacher killed in fiery crash near Orangeville

A vice-principal and a teacher were pronounced dead on the scene of a two-vehicle crash near Orangeville on Sunday night that killed three people.

The incident happened on Dufferin County Side Road 10 at Mono-Amaranth Town line in the Township of Amaranth around 11 p.m.

Neighbours reported seeing a car on fire and the vehicles were damaged beyond recognition. Police believe the crash involved a Volkswagen Jetta and a Jeep Liberty.

The three victims were the only occupants of the vehicles. Travis Logan, 26, of Alton, was in the Volkswagen. A married couple from Amaranth was in the Jeep. Steven Ratz, 57, a vice-principal at Westside Secondary School in Orangeville, was driving and his wife Marie Lessard, 49, a French teacher at Centennial Hylands School, was with him.

A letter from Westside Secondary School’s principal was sent home on Monday identifying Ratz and sending condolences to the couple’s family.

“This is a major shock to the whole Westside community and all of the Upper Grand District School Board,” the letter stated. “I know you join us in sending thoughts and prayers to his two boys, Derek and Sebastien, other family members, and friends.”

Police say the couple had dropped their two sons off at university just before the crash happened.

According to an officer at the scene, a Volkswagen Jetta was proceeding southbound on Mono-Amaranth Town line when it went through a stop sign at Dufferin County Side Road 10.

The officer said the Jetta t-boned the Jeep, knocking it off the road. When OPP arrived on the scene they found one car about 15 metres off the road, flipped upside down and landed in a ditch.

The Jeep was found later “several hundred feet” from the Volkswagen, said OPP Const. Paul Nancekivell. It was also upside down.

The intersection will be closed for several hours due to the police investigation.

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The SUV destroyed in a deadly two-vehicle crash near Orangeville. Sept. 28, 2014. 680NEWS/Carl Hanstke
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