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Hydro One helicopter crash in Ontario kills four people

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Hydro One company confirmed that an incident involving one of its helicopter aircraft occurred in the Tweed area and has resulted in four fatalities.

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"Emergency services are on-site and we have notified all the appropriate oversight organizations. Names will not be released as next of kin are being notified.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this difficult time. During this grieving process, we will do everything we can to assist our employees and their families who have been affected in any way, by providing counseling and support.

"The safety of our employees is paramount and Hydro One together with appropriate safety agencies that have been dispatched will investigate the incident."

The crash happened shortly before noon ET in the municipality of Tweed, Ont., on Kim Clayton's property on Upper Flinton Road, CBC reported.

Clayton said workers have been performing maintenance on a hydro tower all week, with helicopters going back and forth, and sometimes landing on a field on the property or dropping workers off at the tower.

It took ambulances about 15 minutes to arrive at the remote rural location, about 40 kilometres north of Belleville.

An Ornge air ambulance was dispatched at 11:53 a.m. and a second air ambulance was dispatched at 12:15 p.m. Both helicopters were later called off.

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