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Vehicle, OPP van collide on Cockshutt Road

Two OPP special constables were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Cockshutt Road on Tuesday afternoon. (Norfolk OPP photo)

Two OPP special constables were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Cockshutt Road on Tuesday afternoon. (Norfolk OPP photo)

WATERFORD - 

A 'violent' two-vehicle crash on Cockshutt Road near Waterford would have had a tragic end if it wasn't for the use of seatbelts, says a police spokesperson.

Three people, including two Ontario Provincial Police special constables, were injured in the crash on Tuesday afternoon.

Norfolk OPP say a grey Toyota was travelling west on Concession 10 Townsend and an OPP offender transport van was travelling south on Cockshutt Road at about 4:30 p.m. when the two vehicles collided.

The OPP van rolled several times.

The fact no one was killed is a “stark reminder” that drivers and passengers need to wear seatbelts, said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.

“In this case, they certainly saved the lives of those two women in that OPP vehicle,” he added.

The two female OPP special constables inside the vehicle suffered minor injuries. The driver of the Toyota, a 66-year-old Norfolk woman, also suffered minor injuries. All three were transported to area hospital for treatment.

No other passengers were in the police van at the time of the crash.

The special constable who was driving is a two-year member of the force. The other is a 14-year veteran of the OPP.

Investigation into the crash is continuing but charges are pending, Sanchuk said.

Wednesday marked the beginning of the OPP's fall seatbelt campaign, which ends at midnight on Oct. 2. Police will be putting even more emphasis on ensuring seatbelts are used.

“Be protected not ejected,” said Sanchuk. “I can't emphasize that enough.

“Vehicles can be replaced, people can't.”