A head-on collision south of Woodstock that closed a stretch of Highway 59 for several hours and sent five people to hospital had provincial police “surprised” there weren’t any casualties.
An SUV travelling south on Highway 59 between Gunns Hill Road and Old School Line crossed into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a northbound pickup truck pulling a boat just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oxford OPP said.
A 63-year-old Norwich Township woman and her two daughters, both aged 36, in the car were taken to hospital, with one daughter being flown by air ambulance to London for treatment of serious injuries. She was in critical condition, police said Sunday.
The two men in the pickup, both aged 33 and from Kitchener, suffered minor injuries, police said.
“We’re surprised we’re not dealing with a triple fatality here,” OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk said in a video from the crash scene posted to Twitter. The video showed significant damage to the SUV and the front end of the pickup.
“This is why it’s important to make sure you wear your seatbelt and reduce your speed. We’re very fortunate that we’re not looking at a multiple fatality collision,” Sanchuk said.
Police said the investigation is continuing. Anyone who saw the crash and did not talk to police is asked to call 1-888-310-1122.