Ontario Provincial Police say three people are dead and two others seriously injured following a head-on crash near Port Perry early Saturday morning.
The crash happened on Highway 7/12 at 4th Line in Scugog, Ont. around 1:15 a.m., Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said.
It is believed that an SUV was travelling northbound when it crossed into southbound lanes and collided with a car heading in the other direction, Schmidt said.
There were four people in the car and the SUV had a lone driver.
“Right now it does not appear that weather or road conditions played a factor in this collision,” Schmidt told Global News. “It was dark, there were not a lot of witnesses but we did speak to at least one witness that did observe this collision.”
The car’s driver, a 59-year-old man from Goodwood, Ont., was pronounced dead. Two passengers, a 55-year-old woman from Goodwood and a 44-year-old woman from Port Perry were also killed. A third passenger, a 41-year-old woman from Goodwood, was transported to hospital with critical injuries.
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“It’s going to be quite devastating,” said Mary Brock, who lives in Goodwood. “It’s a small town farm community and everyone will come together and help out I’m sure. It’s a tragic thing and unfortunately on long weekends like that everyone is travelling to family and it’s sad for a few families this weekend.”
The male driver of the SUV, a 68-year-old man from Greenbank, Ont., was transported to hospital in serious condition.
No charges have currently been laid in this incident. The highway was shut down for about eight hours while police investigated, but it has since re-opened.
Scugog fire Chief Mark Berney tweeted his condolences to the victims of the crash Saturday morning.
The deadly crash comes just as the OPP and police forces across Canada have launched Operation Impact ahead of the Thanksgiving long weekend with a focus on targeting the biggest contributors to road fatalities.
“We’re focusing on those leading causes of death and injury: aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and people not wearing their seatbelts,” Schmidt said. “The crash here that we’re investigating now, I don’t know if one of those factors was a contributing issue in this collision but obviously we’re going to be looking into that.”