OPP criminal investigation into Algo Centre Mall collapse leads to charges laid

ELLIOT LAKE–Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged one person following the investigation into the fatal roof collapse in Elliot Lake.

Two lives were tragically lost at the Algo Centre Mall on June 23, 2012. Following the initial stages of the death investigation, information obtained by members of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) led to a criminal investigation commencing on July 3, 2012.

At a brief media conference in Elliot Lake today, police announced they have charged Robert Wood, aged 64 years of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario with two counts of Criminal Negligence Causing Death and one count of Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm, and is expected to appear in court in Elliot Lake on March 25, 2014. Mr. Wood was the engineer who deemed the mall structurally sound two weeks before the fatal collapse.

The OPP will not be commenting further on the specific aspects of the investigation that led to the charges as the investigation is ongoing. Information regarding the OPP role during the emergency response is contained within the minutes of the ongoing public inquiry.