One person who was airlifted with life-threatening injuries is in critical condition following a head-on collision on Hwy. 59.

OPP closed the stretch of highway south of Woodstock between Old School Line and Gunn’s Hill Road to investigate the crash.

“We’re surprised we’re not dealing with a triple fatality,” said Cnst. Ed Sanchuk of Oxford County OPP. “This is why it’s so important to wear your seatbelts, reduce your speed, and pay attention at all times.”

Hwy 59 crash with boat

Police say the collision around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday involved three women from Norwich Township and two men from Kitchener.

OPP say a 63-year-old was driving a SUV southbound with two 36-year-old passengers when she crossed the centre line.

The SUV travelled into the northbound lane and hit a pickup truck carrying a boat head-on.

The driver of the SUV had to be extricated by firefighters from the vehicle. Her and a passenger recieved minor injuries

One woman was airlifted to London with life-threatening injuries. While she was later upgraded to stable condition, OPP say her status has changed to critical.

The two 33-year-old men in the pickup truck both received minor injuries.

OPP closed the stretch of highway down again on Sunday around 3 p.m. and say traffic collision investigators are surveying the scene.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

sedan crashes with truck and boat