Head-on crash sends five to hospital

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On Saturday, August 10, at approximately 4:29 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police Oxford County Detachment, along with Norwich Township Fire Department and Oxford County EMS responded to a vehicle collision on Highway 59, Norwich Township.

A grey-coloured Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), operated by a 63-year-old female of South-West Oxford, was travelling southbound on Highway 59 with two 36-year-old female passengers. The driver subsequently crossed over the centre line and struck a pickup truck pulling a boat head-on. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck, both 33-years-old from Kitchener, suffered minor injuries.

Attending firefighters extricated the driver of the SUV. As a result, all five people were transported to a local area hospital. One of the passengers in the SUV was then airlifted to a London area hospital to be treated for serious life-threatening injuries. All five individuals were later downgraded and in stable condition.

On Sunday, August 11, investigators were informed the SUV passenger that was previously airlifted was now in critical condition.

Technical Collision investigators are assisting with the investigation. Anyone that witnessed the collision and did not stop to speak to police is being urged to contact the Oxford County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.

“I would like to thank all the emergency response workers and Good Samaritans that assisted with this collision. Their dedication and commitment to our community is unwavering. I would also like to extend my thoughts to the drivers, passengers and family members affected as a result of this incident,” said Inspector Tony Hymers, Detachment Commander, Oxford County OPP in a media release.

The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.