A collision west of Kitchener ended with an SUV on its side and three people in custody.

The SUV and a cargo van collided at the intersection of Trussler and Huron roads in Wilmot around 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

According to Waterloo Regional Police, the cargo van was considered to be a stolen vehicle because it was a rental that had not been returned.

It had also been involved in another crash moments earlier.

Three people left the van after the second collision and ran into a nearby cornfield. They were tracked down with the aid of police dogs and placed under arrest.

While the driver of the SUV was not seriously hurt, police say that the situation would have been very different if he hadn’t been wearing a seatbelt – something that apparently wasn't out of the question.

“He made a comment to me that he isn’t always doing that, so at this point in time he’s very thankful that he was wearing his seatbelt,” Sgt. Steven Schmelzle told CTV News.

“It would have been catastrophic for him not to have had his seatbelt on.”

The intersection was closed for several hours, but reopened around 5:30 p.m.

With reporting by Alexandra Pinto