Five-vehicle crash injures 10 near Waterford

One man taken to trauma unit in Hamilton

Four men in this silver pickup truck were injured – one seriously – in a five-vehicle crash on Highway 24 northwest of Waterford Thursday morning. Norfolk OPP are investigating and expect Highway 24 east of Vanessa to be closed till about 8 p.m. Thursday.

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VANESSA—A man was taken to a trauma centre Thursday morning with life-threatening injuries following a chain-reaction crash on Highway 24 northwest of Waterford.

The crash occurred around 7 a.m. when a pickup truck heading south on Highway 24 stopped to make a left-hand turn onto Norfolk Road 19 East.

Three vehicles behind the pickup – including a large Desco flatbed carrying a load of PVC pipe – collided at the intersection.

A northbound garbage truck belonging to Norfolk Disposal, of Waterford, was also involved in the crash. It ended up in the ditch on the west side of the highway.

Ten people in all were injured. A black four-door Toyota at the scene was crushed like a pop can but the occupant walked away with minor injuries.

“It looks like everyone was wearing seatbelts,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said at the scene.

“Officers attending and myself were amazed there weren’t multiple fatalities. This was a violent crash.”

Sanchuk received a text from someone in Simcoe 16 kilometres away who said they heard the collision in town when it occurred.

The crash could’ve been much worse.

Jessie Renneberg lives in a brick house at the T-intersection on the west side of Highway 24. He was tying up his work boots in a garage when his colleague Josh Austin, of Villa Nova, pulled into the driveway.

The pair are employees of Buccilli Plumbing. Renneberg and Austin were moments from heading out the driveway when the crash occurred.

“It was an insane crash,” Renneberg said. “It was just so loud. There were no tires screeching or anything – just boom boom boom.”

The crash has Austin counting his blessings. There were opportunities before and after the collision for him to be a casualty.

“We were lucky I didn’t have my boots done up,” Renneberg said. “If my boots had been done up we would’ve been in the middle of it. I only had one boot done up when it happened.”

The man taken to a trauma centre in Hamilton was unconscious. Renneberg and Austin said the man was one of four in a silver-coloured club cab pickup.

An OPP crash investigation team was called to the scene. Norfolk OPP expect this section of Highway 24 to be closed till about 8 p.m. Thursday.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com

 

 

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