Head-on collision leads to serious injuries
Published Saturday, August 10, 2019 6:42PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 11, 2019 6:30PM EDT
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.”
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.
ROAD CLOSURE: Hwy 59 between Old School Rd and Gunns Hill Rd #NORWICH - Hwy 59 is closed for police investigation, reopening time unknown. ^lw— OPPCommunicationsWR (@OPP_COMM_WR) August 11, 2019
UPDATE- #Hwy59 is open. 3 females involved in the crash are now listed in stable condition. 2 males suffer minor injuries. Further updates will be provided once available. Please #DriveSafe. Take care and stay safe. Ed.— OPP West (@OPP_WR) August 11, 2019
HEAD-ON collision closes #Hwy59 between Gunns Hill Rd and Old School Line. 5 people sent to hospital. A BIG thank you to all our #FirstResponders. @OxfordCounty @Ornge @OxfordParamedic Norwich Fire Services. @OxfordOPP ^es pic.twitter.com/vSz9EBYMf6— OPP West (@OPP_WR) August 10, 2019
Devastating head-on crash on #Hwy59 at a Norwich Township address sends 5 people to hospital. #Hwy59 is closed between Gunns Hill Rd and Old School Line. #OPP continuing to investigate. Charges pending. @OxfordCounty #OxfordOPP ^es https://t.co/ZXocsgXvLe— OPP West (@OPP_WR) August 10, 2019